High Weald

Protocols are agreements between the High Weald Joint Advisory Committee and other stakeholders.

The protocols for planning say when and how the High Weald AONB Unit will engage with the planning process. We have a general planning protocol with the local authorities which says how we will comment on planning applications they are deciding, and arrangements for commenting on planning policy (see below). We also have a protocol with Natural England which sets out how we will liase with them.  Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request further information.

Statement on the High Weald AONB Unit and JAC's Involvement in the Planning Process 17th November 2004

Development Control

Where a request is received for comment on planning applications which the AONB Officer considers to be significant then the AONB Unit will liaise with the relevant local authority/(ies), prior to commenting on the planning application and will copy all responses to the local authority/(ies). If comment is made directly by an officer without consideration by the Joint Advisory Committee then the Officer will attach the following sentence:

This letter contains the professional views of (relevant AONB Unit Officer) on this matter and not the views of the High Weald AONB Joint Advisory Committee. The officer responding will ensure that their name and qualifications appear as a prefix to the letter.

Planning Policy Documents

The Local Planning Authorities are requested to notify the High Weald AONB officer of all relevant Planning Policy documents as they are produced for consultation. These include: County Structure Plans, Joint County Structure Plans, Unitary Development Plans, Minerals Local Plans, Waste Local Plans, District Local Plans (or any such replacement policy documents), associated review and scoping studies/reports and appropriate or relevant documents that are being prepared or have been adopted such as Supplementary Planning Guidance.

Upon receipt of relevant details the High Weald AONB JAC will undertake to respond to consultations within 21 days or longer if agreed.

The High Weald AONB JAC requests that it be kept informed of the outcome of all planning applications and planning policy processes on which it has made comments.

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