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Delivering appropriate new housing development within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a key part of the planning policies of the local planning authorities covering the High Weald and for qualifying bodies producing neighbourhood plans.

The High Weald AONB Partnership, including the 15 local planning authorities, has prepared a draft Design Guide for new housing development in the High Weald. Following consultation it is intended that a revised version will be agreed by the Partnership and adopted by the local planning authorities as a material consideration in the determining of planning applications within the High Weald AONB.

The Guide is aimed at all those involved in housing developments within the High Weald AONB, from designers, developers and highways engineers, through to planning decision makers, so they can meet the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework for well-designed places and the conservation and enhancement of the AONB. It aims to give clear, succinct, practical and consistent advice on design expectations for new housing development within the High Weald AONB. This will enable higher quality and landscape-led design that reflects intrinsic High Weald character and is embedded with a true sense of place, without stifling innovation and creativity.

How to comment

The Design Guide is the subject of an eight-week period of formal public consultation from Wednesday 19 June until Wednesday 14 August 2019. Representations on this document should be received no later than midnight on Wednesday 14 August 2019.

You can download a copy of the draft Guide here: 

pdf Draft High Weald Design Guide for new Housing Development (4.29 MB) folder

pdf High Weald AONB Draft Design Guide for printing (4.31 MB)

Paper copies are also available to view in the Borough/District Council and High Weald AONB Partnership offices.

You can download the background documents here:

You can complete the online consultation form here on our website or alternatively download the fillable pdf consultation document: 

pdf Design Guide Consultation Form (360 KB)

Or if you prefer to email your response, please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to:
High Weald AONB Partnership, Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road, Flimwell, TN5 7PR.

Please do not send your response to a local authority as it may not be registered.

Should you have any queries relating to this consultation, please contact Claire Tester at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01424 723018.