Built Development Guidance Documents
The guidance documents below seek to aid all interested parties to deliver the vision and priorities contained within the Malvern Hills AONB Management Plan. Using and adhering to this guidance will help to implement the policies contained within the Management Plan which ‘formulate local authority policy for the management of the AONB and for the carrying out of their functions in relation to it’ (Section 89 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000).
The AONB Management Plan is a material consideration in relation to decision-marking for development management and forward planning. Delivering against the guidance contained within these documents will also assist public bodies in their statutory duties to have regard to the purposes of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the AONB in exercising or performing any functions in relation to, or to affect AONB land (Section 85 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000).”
This guidance outlines how new development can make a positive contribution to conserving the AONB landscape and its natural beauty. It aims to ensure that the character of a place is recognised and used to inform change.
Colour in Development
Colour makes an important contribution to the special character and local distinctiveness of the AONB. This guidance provides direction on the selection and use of colour associated with new development
The purpose of the guidance is to protect the night sky over the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by promoting good practice in external lighting and minimising internal light spill
Agricultural Permitted Development Rights
This guide to agricultural permitted development rights compiled by the South Downs National Park, is a useful guide to the ever-changing legislation affecting Protected Landscapes. The local planning authority should be contacted for the final say.
Landscape Strategy and Guidelines
This guidance sets out how the different landscapes of the Malvern Hills AONB can be best managed to maximise character, condition and sustainability.
This guidance is being updated, but in the meantime Planning Portal gives generic advice on planning permission for Solar Panels.
Views and Viewpoints
This guidance helps identify and grade the importance of views and associated viewpoints around the AONB. It can be used to help make a judgement about how a proposed development or change in land use will alter views.
Download the guidance on Identifying and Grading Views and Viewpoints
Download the consultation summary for this work
Download proforma: Grading viewpoints and views from the Malvern Hills
Download proforma: Grading viewpoints and views towards the Malvern Hills
Respecting Landscape in Views
Further to the above guidance, this sets out a number of principles which should be considered by those involved in planning new developments. It focuses on helping conserve and, where possible, enhance views, both to and from the AONB.
This guidance aims to ensure that the road signs and markings around the AONB are clear and fit for purpose in preventing accidents, whilst respecting the special character of the area.
Renewable Energy Technologies (Small Scale)
The Malvern Hills AONB Partnership is supportive of small scale renewable energy schemes which do not impact negatively on the AONB. These notes provide a simple guide as to how people can reduce the impact of renewable energy technologies on landscape, biodiversity and the historic environment. This guidance has no formal status.