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. Neighbourhood plans also provide an opportunity for communities to learn more about and connect with their places; appreciating how they have evolved over time and how they can grow in a sustainable way that conserves and enhances the character of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

More on the role of the AONB Management Plan  

Data and guidance

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.

Talks

We are also happy to come and talk to groups which are in the early stages of neighbourhood planning about the information and advice we can provide to help them. An example of the sort of presentation we can give is below. We can provide follow-up advice on:

  • The High Weald character components within your parish
  • The impact of potential sites on the AONB and any mitigation necessary
  • Advice on policy wording to protect the AONB

Downloads

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

Benenden Neighbourhood Plan Presentation

Neighbourhood plan contacts

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

Rother District Council - 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.
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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.