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Review of the AONB boundary in South Oxfordshire

 

The AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in South Oxfordshire was last reviewed some 25 years ago. Earlier this year Shiplake Parish Council invited Eye and Dunsden, Binfield Heath and Harpsden parish councils to undertake a combined review of the AONB across the area covered by the four parishes.

All four councils agreed and a working party was set up consisting of a representative from each council and the clerk to Shiplake PC .

The process was carried out through several meetings using the Guidance for Assessing Landscapes produced by Natural England as a basis for identifying areas of outstanding landscape value worthy of inclusion in the AONB.

At present roughly half of Binfield Heath parish is within the AONB. The revised boundary would include the whole parish with the exception of the parts of the village where the majority of housing is located.

At every stage the recommendations of the working party were taken back for approval by the individual councils

The exercise was completed in September 2014 with the preparation of a comprehensive plan showing the joint councils’ proposals for extending the AONB.

A submission has been made to Natural England, which will decide which, if any, proposals to take forward, and how and when to do so.

Timescales for any decisions are entirely unknown at this stage.


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