The Surrey Hills AONB Management Plan is an important step in the conservation of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and was officially launched on 4 December at the AONB Board meeting.
The Plan has been adopted as a priority by Guildford Borough Council, Mole Valley District Council, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Tandridge District Council, Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council all of which have a part of the AONB within their area. The Plan sets out the 25 year vision and policy framework for the Surrey Hills, and a 5 year strategic delivery plan. All public bodies have a statutory duty of regard to the Plan.
The purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve the natural beauty of the landscape. The vision for the Surrey Hills recognises that the landscape will change but it needs to ensure that it changes in a way that conserves and enhances its special qualities. In doing so, it also needs to maintain the social and economic viability of the Surrey Hills in a sustainable manner. The following long term vision statement sets the context and guides the Management Plan policies:
“The Surrey Hills AONB is recognized as a national asset in which its natural and cultural resources are managed in an attractive landscape mosaic of farmland, woodland, heaths, downs and commons. It provides opportunities for business enterprise and for all to enjoy and appreciate its natural beauty for their health and well-being”.
Management Plan policies not only cover landscape but also, agriculture, biodiversity, health and well being, planning, the local economy and more.
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