The Natural England Board has agreed to begin work to assess whether the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) boundary should be extended. The long-awaited decision follows an assessment by local AONB partners back in 2013 that concluded there was evidence to support the position that the areas have sufficient natural beauty to qualify for inclusion in an AONB.

A new network of grassroots organisations has been formed to lobby for improvements to the planning system and provide mutual support for individual campaigns.

In January the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government launched a consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code. This has now closed and Government is analysing the feedback. But one of the more alarming proposals

 

The deadline for responses to the Government’s consultation on changes to the national planning system is fast approaching; we have until 29 October to make our comments.The Government is proposing changes to the system that some believe could pose a huge risk to the countryside and the communities living and working within it.

At the national level, government has made clear its intention to reform and simplify the planning system. No doubt every government has this aspiration but we should take it seriously and watch closely for changes that might have a negative impact on semi-rural areas such as ours.

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