Tamar Valley AONB Pre-application service

Tamar Valley AONB Pre-application service

The TVAONB offers a pre-application service that enable those wanting guidance on development proposals within the Tamar Valley to discuss their schemes in detail before submitting them to the Local Planning Authority (LPA)

Download the full guidance document here

What are the benefits of the service?

The service allows for TVAONB to advise on aspects of potential developments in the context of their impact upon the AONB designation.

This can help in refining schemes to minimise impacts upon the landscape and also provide advice on how a scheme can enhance it. In addition, the TVAONB’s knowledge of the area can allow for us to make developers aware of matters at a local level that may need further investigation such as flooding, archaeology, listed buildings, other designations, etc

This can then help you to determine what other matters might need to be investigated with the LPA through their formal pre-application process as well as other agencies or professionals before submitting a planning application.

Is there a charge?

There is a fee for this service as set out within the more detailed pre-application guidance.

The fee is to cover the time and input from the TVAONB on pre-application enquiries which can require a series of meetings, correspondence, review and site visits.

It should be noted that pre-applications made by registered charities, Parish led schemes, community schemes by community groups/ trusts will not attract a fee. In addition the TVAONB will assess the level of pre-application enquiry and may choose to waive the fee in some instances.

Why should I make a pre-application enquiry to the TVAONB?

Whilst most LPA’s now offer a formal pre-application process this will be focussed on many aspects of a scheme and its compliance with the relevant planning policies and material planning issues specific to the development proposed.

For all developments within designated landscapes, such as the AONB, the LPA has to consider applications in line with current planning policy and guidance. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that “Great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks, the broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty”. (Para. 115, NPPF)

In addition, LPAs are obligated under section 85 of The Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000 which places a duty on all relevant authorities to have regard to the purpose of conserving and enhancing natural beauty when discharging any function affecting land within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The TVAONB pre-application service is specific in identifying impacts upon the designated landscape. In many instances where a planning application is within or adjacent to the AONB the TVAONB is asked to comment in the capacity of a consultee and will therefore provide formal comments on planning applications.

The benefit of the pre-application service is to identify those matters before any formal application is made and possibly avoiding unnecessary costs to revise a scheme at the stage it is being considered as a formal planning application.

What do I get?

The full details of the process are outlined in more detail in the pre-application document.

At the end of the process the TVAONB provides you with a formal written response on the development proposal. This can then be submitted with your planning application to the LPA as background information and helps to confirm what the views of the TVAONB are in respect of the scheme.