Planning & development in and around the Blackdowns;
The landscape and beauty of the Blackdown Hills are protected in planning, and all public bodies and statutory undertakers must have regard to the area's AONB status in performing their duties.
The Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership acts as an adviser to local planning authorities, but unlike National Park Authorities, they do not prepare statutory planning documents or determine planning applications. Instead they rely on the district, borough and county councils to follow their own individual AONB planning policies / guidance in order to protect the area's natural beauty from 'harm'.
The AONB partnership are consulted on a variety of planning applications that are likely to have a significant impact on the AONB landscape and features, or which would set a precedent. However, they do not tend to comment on applications which have a limited impact, residential extensions for example.
If you have any queries or questions about how an area's AONB status may influence your own proposals, the AONB partnership are generally obliged to advise you to contact the Local Planning Authority for 'advice'...
Needless to say, if you are unsure about how your proposal may be affected, or if there is anything that you'd prefer not to disclose, we would encourage you to take advice from an independent expert before approaching a Council officer!
We generally undertake work for:
* Please note that 'small' extensions are not really our cup of tea... However if necessary we would be happy to refer you to a suitable 3rd party specialist.
That said, large, unique extensions and complete 'one off' domestic overhauls really do float our boat... so please get in touch!
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