SURREY HILLS AONB BOUNDARY REVIEW

Natural England, the Government’s statutory adviser on natural landscapes, is currently consulting on extending the boundaries of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Almost all of Hambledon village is within the current AONB including the majority of homes, the cricket green and village shop, church, nursery school, St Dominics, village hall, Feathercombe, Lane End, Upper Vann and most of Hydestile.

The only areas not within it are land between Hydestile crossroads on the western side of Hambledon Road (looking towards Enton and the West Surrey Golf Course) as far as the Merry Harriers, and on the eastern side of Vann Lane between Vann and Pockford. These areas are now included in the formal boundary review.

The Surrey Hills AONB was one of the first in the country and was designated in 1958. It has not been reviewed since then.

Local knowledge is being sought and the opinions of Hambledon residents do matter, as AONBs provide additional protection to the countryside as well as having implications on planning.

If you would like to know more, please go to:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/surrey-hills-area-of-outstanding-natural-beauty-needs-you?mc_cid=00003035f2&mc_eid=ea725c4e1a

There you can read about the review and then follow the links to the pages of Surrey Hills AONB for more background information, maps of the areas under consultation and to take part. You have until January 31th to take part.

Hambledon Parish Council is also considering commenting on the review and is seeking the opinions of local people before doing so. Please email the council on clerkofhpc@outlook.com before January 25th in order to give councillors time to consider your responses.

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