Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy ENV3b – Landscape character in the AONBs (MM85)

Policy ENV3b – Landscape Character and Design in the AONBs

The Council shall have regard to the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of Tthe Kent Downs and High Weald AONBs. should be conserved, and where appropriate enhanced or restored, in accordance with their landscape significance.

Major development proposals within the AONBs will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances and where it is demonstrated they are in the public interest.

Other All Pproposals within andor affecting the setting of AONBs will also only be permitted under the following circumstances:

  • The location, form, scale, materials and design would conserve and enhance and where appropriate enhance or restore the character of the landscape.
  • The development would enhance the special qualities, distinctive character and tranquillity of the AONB.
  • The development conforms with has regard to the relevant AONB management plan and any associated guidance.
  • The development demonstrates particular regard to those characteristics outlined in Policy ENV3a, proportionate to the high landscape significance of the AONB.