AONBs share the same level of protection as National Parks, but unlike National Parks they don’t have their own planning authority. The planning departments within each local authority in the AONB have to ensure development and planning proposals take into account the need to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area, and to consider the impact any proposed developments might have on the AONB.

The AONB’s role is to provide Monmouthshire County Council, the Forest of Dean District Council and Herefordshire County Council with professional advice on how a development proposal affects and impacts on the ‘natural beauty’ of the Wye Valley AONB. We do not comment on all planning applications, only those proposals and planning applications that are likely to have a significant impact on the AONB. Normally we only give advice if it is requested by the planning authority although we can comment on applications we feel are of concern even if it hasn’t been requested. We do not become involved in local campaigns against proposed developments.

If you have any queries or questions about how AONB status may affect your development proposals or planning applications, contact the planning department of the relevant local authority:

Monmouthshire County Council

Herefordshire County Council

Forest of Dean District Council

You can find out more about the role of AONBs in the planning process here

You can check the boundaries of the AONB on this map here.

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