Valued landscapes are referred to in the NPPF (paragraph 109), but the Framework does not define valued landscapes, nor does it clarify the relationship between the protection and enhancement of un-designated valued landscapes and the presumption in favour of sustainable development.
There is not as yet, a consensus on what constitutes an un-designated valued landscape for the purposes of the NPPF, or when identified what weight it should attract in decision making. There have been many appeal decisions which have addressed the issue, but no consistent or definitive approach has emerged. It remains a matter of judgement and that judgement is not, in many cases, being well informed by the applicant.
The seminar explored the issue of un-designated valued landscapes, their relationship with the NPPF and the decision making process and the manner in which valued landscapes can best be assessed, evaluated and given an appropriate planning context.
You can view Brian’s presentation on the link below.
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