Aerial View of Dedham © DV AONB

Planning and Development

There is a duty on all public bodies to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Dedham Vale AONB which includes Local Planning Authorities when they set planning policy or determine applications for development within or affecting the setting of the nationally protected landscape.  The Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Partnership seek to extend this level of protection to the whole of the Stour Valley.

2016 - details and the presentations from the Planning and Neighbourhood Plans in Outstanding Landscapes event on Thursday 3 March can be found here.

The Dedham Vale AONB covers part of three district or borough Local Planning Authority areas and part of two counties.  The wider Stour Valley, which is in part proposed for an AONB extension, adds two further district councils.  Each of these authorities prepares Development Plans and the AONB team, on behalf of the AONB Partnership, will comment on these documents.

At a more local level the AONB team comments on individual planning applications that if approved would have a positive or negative impact on the primary purpose (to conserve and enhance its natural beauty) of the AONB.  Applications that frequently draw comments from the AONB team include:

  • Those of sufficient scale eg footprint and height that could detract from the landscape qualities of the area
  • Those that could significantly reduce the tranquillity of the area, through increased levels of noise and light
  • Those that could lead to a notable increase in disturbance, eg numbers of visitors
  • Those that could lead to a change in landscape character, urbanisation of the countryside or inappropriate change of use
  • Those that relate to changes to public rights of way or areas of public access
  • Those that seek to establish a precedent, move away from Development Plan policy or exception sites

If you need further information please contact us.

Downloads from this page:

AONB Position Statement (June 2016) - Reduction of Light Pollution

Dedham Vale AONB Position Statement (March 2013) - Renewable Energy

Dedham Vale AONB Position Statement (July 2015) - Balloons and sky lanterns

National Planning Policy Framework

Natural England/AONB planning response criteria

Setting of the Dedham Vale AONB - position statement (updated) 2016


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