Details of the Management Plan review process including timetable.
Appropriate Assessment, required under European habitats regulations to assess the impacts either singly or in combination of proposals on specific highly protected habitats. In the High Weald this includes the Ashdown Forest and Pevensey levels Special Protection Areas (SPA).
Author: High Weald AONB Unit
The 2009 AONB Management Plan provides a 5 year revision of the 2004 Plan as required by the CRoW Act 2000. It fulfils a legal requirement placed on all local authorities, formulating their policy for the management of the AONB and the carrying out of their functions in relation to it.
Author: Bill Vorley A report identifying the causes for the decline in livestock farming in the High Weald based on interviews with farmers, land agents, farm advisors, marketers, retailers, statutory bodies and researchers. It sets out proposals for shaping the debate on improving the productivity of the grassland resource and making environmental stewardship work.
Report exploring the historical development of human landscape perception, the various theories which help explain landscape perception and recommendations on how to incorporate this into landscape policy.
Report collating available information on tourism in the High Weald AONB, including visitor profiles and trends, available visitor activities, the economic value of tourism and levels of demand.
This review updates the available information about the ownership, management regimes and condition of species-rich, neutral grassland designated as SNCIs in the High Weald.
Author: Dr Brendan Chester-Kadwell
This report explores the significance of single-storey 20th Century dwellings in the Eastern High Weald which are vulnerable to unsuitable modifications and loss through demolition for larger replacement dwellings.
Author: Dr Roland Harris
This report provides a summary of settlement history in the High Weald explaining why the late development of Wealden towns and villages defies standard typologies and highlighting the importance of understanding individual settlements in planning new development.
Author: Dr Nicola Bannister
Commons and greens are a characteristic feature of the High Weald. This report explains their origins and history, and uses extracts from the HLC and Hasted to identify the historic location of markets and fairs, and hamlets that have grown up around former commons and greens.
Author: Sandy Greig
This study provides a carbon account for the woodlands of the High Weald, including estimates of carbon stored above and below ground in woodlands, and net CO2 emissions reductions from using wood as a fuel and using timber in construction.
Author: Forum Heritage Services
This manual provides a guide on the mapping of historic farmsteads and dataset creation to explain the methodology of rapid farmstead character assessment and enable consistency.
This report identifies and maps medieval deer parks and other designed landscapes within the High Weald, assessing the survival and loss of these under-considered yet highly significant local features.
Author: University of Reading
This study provides an analysis of agricultural production in the AONB and explores the potential for the High Weald to supply the basic food needs of its resident population under a range of dietary regimes.
This report presents the findings of an investigation into the housing needs of woodland workers. It illustrates the increasing unaffordability of suitable rural housingand yardspace in the High Weald and proposes an addition to 'key worker' housing policy to include essential rural workers.
Author: The Digital Landscape Cooperative
This study uses GIS modelling and industry standard technical criteria to provide an assessment of the wind energy potential of the High Weald and the constraints on harnessing it.
Author: Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, and University of the West of England
This report proposes a practical framework to integrate consideration of landscape character and the aspirations of local communities into sustainable development decision making enabling generic sustainable development criteria to be adapted to the needs of rural areas and dispersed settlement landscapes like the High Weald. It explores the sustainability of dispersed settlement in different parts of Europe providing examples of good practice for consideration in the High Weald.
This report provides an analysis of the character of over 3500 historic farmsteads in the High Weald looking at farmstead plan form, date and survival. An overview of the history of agriculture and development of farmsteads is provided together with a summary of results by district.
Author: Land Use Consultants
This report provides an analysis of the sustainability of different settlement types in the High Weald AONB. It uses Census data and on the ground survey methods to explore the different dimensions of settlement sustainability across villages, remote hamlets and farmsteads in the AONB, providing recommendations for what the planning system can do to help make small settlements more sustainable in the future.
The Making of the High Weald takes a long historical view back to the last Ice Age, seeking to explain the main processes that have created and shaped the High Weald landscape. It provides an evidenced and peer reviewed statement to support the importance and time depth of the five core components of 'natural beauty' which underpin the AONB Management Plan.