Using the Management Plan
From landowners, community groups and business owners to local authority representatives and developers, everyone has a part to play in conserving the special landscape of the High Weald AONB.
The Management Plan can be used to guide environmental land management and assess the impact of development or other changes on the AONB.
Assessing impact on the AONB
The High Weald AONB Management Plan provides a set of objectives for each component of natural beauty. These objectives represent the agreed long-term aims for the High Weald.
The achievement of these aims will ensure that the purpose of AONB designation is achieved and this outstandingly-beautiful landscape is conserved for future generations.
Each objective is supported by targets, reviewed every 5 years suggesting actions that will help deliver the objectives.
Any policy or action may be considered harmful to the AONB if it results in the loss of, or material harm to, any of the components of character that combine to form the area’s natural beauty and/ or it constrains achievement of AONB Management Plan objectives.
Any policy or action can be considered to be consistent with or beneficial to AONB designation if it does not harm the AONB, and it contributes to the conservation of the components of character and/or assists achieve AONB management plan objectives.
Using the Plan’s objectives
To assess the impact of any proposed policy, action or development on the AONB, consider each of the Management Plan objectives in turn and record how you think the activity might affect the achievement of the objective.
You might like to address the following issues for each objective:
- The magnitude and extent of any possible material damage to the feature or impact on views or enjoyment of that feature.
- The duration of impact and whether it is temporary or permanent.
If the proposed policy, action or development is judged to be harmful it may be that an understanding of AONB character can inform an improved revision.
Ways to use the Management Plan
Community projects, businesses and individuals
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