Natural England has launched a public consultation on a review of the boundaries of the existing Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).This has been long in coming and predictably, now that it is upon us, there is a not a great deal of time to respond; the consultation period closes on 31 January 22.

However the good news is that engaging with the process is very easy. There is an introductory page here, which gives all the different ways in which people can submit their views, online or by post. The easiest way might be to use the online form, which allows uploading of photos of the areas whose landscape value you wish to praise and argue for its inclusion in the revised AONB.

Natural England also produces guidance on the criteria it will follow in deciding whether new areas will be added to the AONB. The area of particular interest to us is Evaluation Area (EA) 2, known as the ‘Wanborough Claylands’. This corresponds roughly to the existing Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) that was recommended for inclusion in an expanded AONB as long ago as 2013. It includes the land at Wanborough Fields over which there has been so much grief during the last few years, but as can be seen from the map it stretches all the way up to Flexford Road. Our friends in Wanborough will doubtless be making their views known; please consider adding your voice to try to ensure that this area finally makes it to AONB status.

In addition our friends in Worplesdon are hoping to see the inclusion of the Pirbright and possibly Ash Ranges in the AONB; these areas are not currently EAs under consideration but we shall do our best to keep you posted if that changes.  

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