Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

  • The Mendip Hills AONB has national protection as some of the finest countryside in Britain.  This is Britain's southernmost carboniferous limestone country.  Link.
  • An AONB is “an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.”   More about AONBs

Scoping Report December 2012: link to pdf (26 pages)

  • very important document re AONB.


  • National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 secures permanent protection for AONBs against development that would damage their special qualities, to conserve some of the finest landscapes in England for the nation’s benefit.
  • Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 brought further AONB protection.  Link.

Statutory advice  It is Natural England's statutory duty to provide advice on development matters in the AONB.

Statutory duties   link to page on this website.

Statutory management plan  Sedgemoor District Council has a statutory duty to produce a Mendip Hills AONB management plan, which is done on the council's behalf by the AONB Partnership Committee.

  • Mendip Hills AONB Management Plan Review, link.
  • Important document re AONB, Scoping Report December 2012, link.   

Somerset County Council's page on the Mendip Hills AONB link