From fracking to development, the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is facing unprecedented pressures. Now the Surrey Hills AONB Board is asking residents, visitors, landowners and rural businesses for their feedback on a Management Plan for the future protection of this nationally important landscape.
The survey asks for responses on different aspects of the Management Plan including:
- Controlling major development
- Provision of affordable housing
- Managing cycling activity
- Encouraging recreation and tourism
- Supporting rural economic development
Rob Fairbanks, Director of the Surrey Hills AONB Unit says: “The Surrey Hills AONB is protected as part of London’s Metropolitan Green Belt and attracts millions of visitors each year who enjoy outdoor pursuits, taste local food and explore market towns and picture postcard perfect villages. The Management Plan sets the future priorities for this very special area so its important that this reflects the views of those who visit, work or live in the Surrey Hills. ”
The Surrey Hills AONB Board includes six local authorities and advisory members representing farming, forestry, heritage, business, conservation and communities. One of the Board’s key tasks is to produce a five year management plan, that is a statutory document approved by the Secretary of State and adopted by all local authorities within the AONB border.