National planning | Sevenoaks District Council

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

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.

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 has areas of the High Weald AONB and Kent Downs AONB. For further details please visit: