The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership has revised the Guidelines to bring them up to date with changes to the planning system. As well as advice on siting of buildings and building materials, advice is also given on trees and plants for screening, wildlife and geology and good practice for waste storage and controlling pollution.
Agriculture continues to play an important role in the development of the AONB landscape and a thriving agricultural economy is to be encouraged.
However it is vital that any new agricultural buildings make a positive addition to the landscape, enhancing the distinctiveness and diverse qualities of the AONB.
First produced in 2001, the guidelines are Supplementary Planning Guidance adopted by the five local authorities covering the AONB: Somerset County Council, North Somerset Council, Mendip and Sedgemoor District Councils and Bath and North East Somerset Council.
The purpose of the guidance is to supplement the planning policies in the local authorities’ Development Plans and encourage a consistent approach to development across the whole of the AONB which protects the natural beauty of the landscape.