Decision details

TWBC Response to Public Consultation on the Draft High Weald AONB Management Plan 2024-2029

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


This report is a Portfolio Holder report to sign off TWBC’s formal response to the public consultation on the Draft High Weald AONB Management Plan, which is to be consulted upon in September/October 2023.


RESOLVED – That the table of comments attached at Appendix A be submitted as Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s formal representations on the public consultation version of the draft High Weald AONB Management Plan 2024-2029 for the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) be approved.

Reasons for the decision:

To endorse the proposed recommendations to the consultation would ensure that professional advice and guidance from TWBC is shared with the High Weald AONB Unit, as this may further assist with the preparation with the Management Plan.

Alternative options considered:

Do nothing – this would involve the Borough Council not providing the advice and guidance appended to this report to assist the High Weald AONB Unit with preparing the  High Weald AONB Management Plan.


Submit alternative representations – the representations presented in Appendix A reflect advice and comments from TWBC professional officers in the planning department.  This option would require additional liaison and discussion with these officers.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

No conflicts of interest were declared by any Member who was consulted in respect of this decision.

Publication date: 08/11/2023

Date of decision: 08/11/2023

Effective from: 16/11/2023

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