Context to Suggested Objection 8

NPPF - Section 15 – Conserving and Enhancing the Natural Environment

Paragraph 172 of the NPPF is key –

'Great weight should be given to conserving and enhancing landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which have the highest status of protection in relation to these issues'.

'The scale and extent of development within these designated areas should be limited. Planning permission should be refused for major development other than in exceptional circumstances, and where it can be demonstrated that the development is in the public interest'.

The intention of Paragraph 172 has been tested in many legal cases and is clear. Any planning proposal (minor or major) in an AONB should be considered in relation to the test of ‘conserving and enhancing landscape and scenic beauty’. However, the hurdle for a major development is much, much higher – the tests being ‘exceptional circumstances’ and the ‘public interest’.

The Save Snatchfield Group believe that Shropshire Council’s approach to minor and major development in the Shropshire Hills AONB is perverse.

Shropshire Council Policy DP26 is very clear 

• Planning proposals for minor development in the Shropshire Hills AONB which are likely to have a significant adverse effect on the special qualities of the AONB will be resisted in the interests of conserving the area’s natural beauty.

However, a major development at Snatchfield (clearly more damaging than carefully managed smaller, town centre or brownfield developments) continues to be actively promoted by our Council.