Review of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Last week the Government announced a 21st century Review of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), setting up an independent panel to carry out the review. The review delivers on a commitment in the 25-year Environment Plan, which was published earlier this year.

National CPRE warmly welcomes the appointment of an independent panel led by Julian Glover to carry out this potentially game-changing review. This is a fantastic opportunity to shine the spotlight on National Parks and AONBs – which are the leading lights of England’s landscape – and to consider whether there should be new additions to our current network of landscapes designated for their national importance. Next year will be the 70th anniversary of the legislation that led to the creation of National Parks and AONBs, which makes this 21st century review all the more exciting.

Recent CPRE research has found that the pressure for major housing development in AONBs has doubled, with the amount of land approved for housing increasing five-fold, making this review particularly timely.

Herefordshire has 2 AONB's, the Malvern Hills and the Wye Valley.  Should these be preserved, enlarged or re-designated?  Could we have more?