The prime purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural and scenic beauty of the landscape. However, the Surrey Hills is not a museum, and development may need to take place from time to time in response to the needs of society, both local and wider. A fundamental role of the local planning authorities is to ensure that the very features that make the Surrey Hills special and worthy of its AONB designation are protected.

Being so close to London and other urban areas means there are significant development pressures on the Surrey Hills landscape. These pressures are expected to increase and justify especially stringent controls of development. The cumulative effects of many, often small, developments over decades and centuries would reduce the landscape and scenic beauty of the Surrey Hills and spoil it for future generations.

Take a look at how London had expanded into Surrey from 1800, click here to view the visual.

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The Surrey Hills Planning advisor, Clive Smith works part-time for the AONB Board. Clive works with the 5 borough and district councils within the AONB offering advice and help on all planning issues affecting the AONB.

To contact the Surrey Hills Planning Advisor please email;