Statutory duties regarding Mendip Hills AONB   link

"AONBs are designated solely for their landscape qualities, for the purpose of conserving and enhancing their natural beauty (which includes landform and geology, plants and animals, landscape features and the rich history of human settlement over the centuries)." 

ALL public bodies have a statutory duty to regard the purposes of AONBs when undertaking their work.  

  • 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 (link to list of committee members).
  • Legislation therefore requires developers and planners to pay attention to the AONB Partnership Committee's position statement of 28 June 2012 pdf.

National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 secured permanent protection for AONBs against development that would damage their special qualities, in order 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.  CRoW "requires local authorities to prepare and publish a plan, which formulates their policy for the management of the AONB and for the carrying out of their functions in relation to it. The current plan must be reviewed and adopted by 31st March 2014."  link to management plan review