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National planning

National plans and policies

Central Government currently sets out national planning policy in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which can be viewed on the Department for Communities and Local Government website.

The NPPF is supported by the Planning Practice Guidance which gives further detail on the implementation of National Policies.

National Landscapes (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a precious landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.

On 22 November 2023, AONBs were re-branded National Landscapes but within legislation and national policy they are still referred to as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are 40 AONBs in England and Wales, created by the legislation of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949.

The Sevenoaks District includes areas of the High Weald National Landscape and Kent Downs National Landscape. For further details please visit:

The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan is undergoing a review. A draft version of the next management plan and supporting documents have been produced by the AONB team. These are available to view below.