A few years ago it was decided that AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) should each have some form of board, invoving a staff, website, publications, meetings, input into planning decisions etc. These were duly formed and now are staffed up and eating money and wasting time.  

The planning functions can be discharged by locally elected bodies eg councils who have due regard to AONB status when looking at applications.  Everything else they do is a complete waste of time including handing out tiny grants to local bodies – councils can, and do, this already.  Basically they are an extra layer of non-accountable cost which duplicates council functions.  No-one asked for them and no-one would miss them.

Why is this idea important?

They are an unnecessary waste of money which is particularly short in rural areas, and merely duplicate the existing functions of local councils.

One Reply to “Abolish the AONB boards”

  1. I wholeheartedly agree. I own a field 200 yards into the AONB just inside North Yorkshire, half a mile from Otley. This is a four acre level grass field too small to farm. So I applied to harrogte council for planning permission for change of use to campsite. But because it is in the AONB they said it would harm the area and ruin the landscape. All codswallop. I would have had a maximum of 20 tents at any one time. So because of the stupid AONB laws im now stuck with a field I can do nothing with. I’m at the end of my tether with it all.

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