AONB Boundary review

"The Stour Valley is one of those subtle English places which tend not to declare themselves in any deliberate way. We see today what Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable saw.  For someone like myself, the valley is extraordinarily beautiful and I would like others who do not know it to come to is and to experience its unique landscape." Dr Ronald Blythe, eminent writer and local resident (July 2014).

Aspiration for Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Boundary Review (Dec 2016)

It has been an aspiration since 2009 of the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Partnership (a grouping of around 26 organisations with an interest in the area) to extend the nationally designated AONB boundary.  The Partnership would like to see the AONB boundary moved upstream to include the areas painted by Gainsborough to complement the currently designated area made famous by the artists Constable and Munnings.

We are seeking to understand if this aspiration is shared by others that live, work or visit the area. We undertook a short survey to help us understand if others share the Partnership’s view or have a different opinion.

The current western AONB boundary runs between Nayland and Bures, and the evaluation area is shown in this map.

Previous posted information:
In late 2013 the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Partnership submitted a request to Natural England that the boundary of the Dedham Vale AONB be extended westwards towards Sudbury. This submission was subject to a Stage 1 assessment by Natural England in the early part of 2014.  Additional information, submitted as a Natural Beauty Evaluation Table, was sent in July 2014.  The process will take many years to complete.

Here is the press release explaining the position (Feb 2014) and the proposed area of search.

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