High Weald

Neighbourhood planning, which was introduced in the 2011 Localism Act, has the potential to significantly affect the location and appearance of future development across the High Weald AONB. The neighbourhood plan process is therefore an important opportunity for residents to influence development in a way that meets the AONB Management Plan objectives and thereby conserves and enhances the High Weald’s natural beauty.

More on the role of the AONB Management Plan  

To assist neighbourhood planning processes we have produced:

  • guidance on how to consider the AONB in a Neighbourhood Plan. This includes an introduction to the neighbourhood planning process and the landscape of the High Weald AONB and sources of data and evidence relating to the AONB (including High Weald landscape character data that links to objectives in the Management Plan).

  • maps for each of the area's 99 parishes with information on the extent of the components that make up the area's landscape character: sandstone outcrops, ponds, rivers, wildflower meadows, heathland, historic field boundaries, historic routeways, historic settlement boundaries, historic farmsteads, and ancient woodland. 

  • a summary of what the data shows and how it was created (metadata) to help with the interpretation and understanding of the mapped data.

Downloads

The Neighbourhood Planning Guidance, the Character Component Maps and the Character Component Metadata 
The High Weald AONB Management Plan 

Neighbourhood plan contacts

if you have further queries about the neighbourhood plan process in your area please contact the following:

Rother District Council - Norman Kwan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council  - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Crawley Borough Council - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wealden District Council -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Horsham District Council  - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sevenoaks District Council  -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tandridge District Council -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hastings Borough Council -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ashford Borough Council -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mid-Sussex District Council - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.