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Areas of outstanding natural beauty will remain protected under ...
Areas of outstanding natural beauty will remain protected under

proposed new planning laws and guidance, nature conservation

minister Ben Bradshaw has said.

As a message of support to the Areas of Natural Beauty annual

conference in Guildford, Surrey, Mr Bradshaw said:

'Conserving areas of outstanding natural beauty in England is a key

to the government's overall commitment to sustainable development.

'The government is determined that both regional and local planning

authorities should be sensitive to the interests of areas of

outstanding natural beauty in their development plans. Well-thought

through schemes not only enhance these areas but also bring about

prosperity for rural economies from tourism.

'This Planning Bill will offers the right approach to encourage

sustainable development yet at the same time protecting AONBs from

the worst excesses of over-development.'

Current guidance on drawing up development plans stresses the

importance of the environment and this principle will be taken

forward to the new system of regional and local planning proposed in

the Bill. Revised guidance will emphasise the need to consult

representatives of AONBs and other stakeholders throughout the

planning process.

While the Planning Bill and planning guidance is the responsibility

of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, but DEFRA will

continue to have, significant input during the consultation



1. At present, Planning Policy Guidance note 11 on regional planning

encourages the establishment of specific principles of environmental

management to designated areas such as AONBs. Planning Policy

Guidance note 12 on development pla ns underlines the importance of

drawing up local plans to take into account the environment in a

comprehensive and consistent way. Revisions to PPGs 11 and 12 will be

consulted on by the ODPM later in the year.

2. More information on AONBs is available here.

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