Whilst many of us know about National Parks, the profile of AONBs is lower. Indeed, one of the aims of the National Association of AONBs is to raise awareness of them.
National Parks and AONBs differ in that the Parks have their own planning departments and new developments within these areas have to meet the criteria set down by each National Park. Planning applications in AONBs are processed, like most other applications, through the appropriate local authority. However, and just like National Parks, new developments and extensions are subject to stricter guidelines than those outside AONBs. Indeed, AONBs were given the same level of planning protection as National Parks in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012).
This doesn’t mean that new homes and extensions can’t be built in these areas. It means that certain standards, which may include location and types of materials that can be used, will have to be met. In addition, there are restrictions on permitted developments within AONBs.
Just as new developments in our cities fit well and work with the existing townscape so new developments in AONBs and other parts of the countryside can be sympathetic to their surroundings.
If you have a project in mind, do give us a ring on 0800 3118 321 – the call is free and we’ll be happy to discuss your plans with you.