Planning, development & other consultations

The Cotswolds Conservation Board advises local authorities on all matters concerning the planning and development process in the Cotswolds AONB. The Board aims to ensure that the special qualities of the AONB are recognised and protected in all development plans and planning decisions and that local authorities carry out their ‘duty of regard’ as set out in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (the CROW Act).

Planners and developers within the AONB and its setting are encouraged to refer to the Cotswolds AONB Management Plan and supporting guidance when making their decisions on both planning applications and policy formulation. Every year the Cotswolds Conservation Board makes responses to a variety of consultations on projects and developments which may impact on the AONB. It looks at and responds to everything from applications for new flight paths over the AONB to regional spatial strategies, plans for utilities pipelines, major housing developments and large-scale wind turbines.