Currently, the Tamar Valley AONB team has two planning consultants who work with us one day a week.

Please email for any planning enquiries.


Planning in the Tamar Valley AONB

The rich heritage and scenic qualities of the Tamar Valley draw people to live here. Therein lies a need for achieving a balance between sustaining the landscape character and a vibrant living countryside. Due to the challenges expected with increased population growth, along with the consequences of a changing climate, wise choices and informed decisions about future development must be made in order to sustain the integrity of this unique area for the benefit of future changes.

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are to be applied. The revised NPPF through paragraph 172 reaffirms that “Great weight should be given to conserving and enhancing landscape and scenic beauty” in AONBs and that designation has “the highest status of protection in relation to these issues”.

A Green Future – the government’s 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment also states that “while development is not prohibited in National Parks or AONBs, major development should take place in exceptional circumstances”.

Further information on planning in the Tamar Valley AONB can be found in our forthcoming Management Plan 2019-2024.