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“Whether you are a resident or a visitor to the Surrey Hills, you will know just what an incredible landscape this is.

By extending the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we will be protecting it by law for the future, and it could unlock additional resources to help the Surrey Hills thrive, in a way that is good for nature and for people.

This is – literally – a once in a lifetime opportunity to tell the government how important this area is for all of us, and to ensure as much of it as possible is protected for future generations.

I would encourage anyone who cares about this precious natural environment to get involved in the consultation and make their voice count.”

– Kathy Atkinson, Chair of the Surrey Hills Board

Click here to visit Natural England’s Surrey Hills Boundary Review website.

Natural England outlines proposals of a bigger and better Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Tuesday 7 March

Natural England has launched a statutory and public consultation for proposed Surrey Hills AONB extensions. It will remain open for 14 weeks.

This is the public consultation phase, where local authorities and the public can comment on the proposed extensions and the evidence which supports them. The proposals are to increase the size of the Surrey Hills by 25%, over 100 square kilometres. Read more

Find out more with Natural England’s drop in events
  • Tuesday 18th April – 10:00-15:00 daytime drop in – St John’s Centre, Guildford
  • Thursday 27th April – 18:00-20:30 evening session – Chichester Hall, Witley
  • Saturday 20th May – 10:00-15:00 daytime drop in – Soper Hall, Caterham

Proposed Extension areas map

See more maps and PDFs here.

Surrey Hills proposed boundary extention areas

Natural England seeks your views on extending the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Tuesday 7 March

Natural England has launched a statutory and public consultation for proposed Surrey Hills AONB extensions. It will remain open for 14 weeks.

This will be the formal consultation phase, where local authorities and other interested groups and individuals can comment on the proposed extensions and the evidence which supports them. The proposals are to increase the size of the AONB by 25%, over 100 square kilometers.

Click here to read Natural England’s press release.

Statutory Consultation

The next step for the boundary review project is for a statutory consultation on the proposed extension to the Surrey Hills AONB. The consultation is statutory with relevant local authorities however Natural England has decided that it should be extended to other stakeholders and the public. Other stakeholders include National bodies, Parish Councils in the existing AONB and in and adjacent to the proposed extension, AONB Partnership members, local businesses and landowning groups, community organisations, recreational interests and the wider public. 

The consultation will start on Tuesday 7th March, and will continue for a 14 week period ending on 13th June. 

To help people prepare for the consultation, we are running a series of  briefing webinars. The purpose of these is help you prepare for the upcoming consultation, with background project information, details of how you can respond, and details of engagement events throughout the consultation period. [NOW CLOSED]

Following the study by Alison Farmer Associates, the AONB Partnership commissioned landscape consultants Hankinson Duckett Associates (HDA), through Surrey County Council. They were asked to conduct a search for areas that might be considered for re-designation as AONB. In November 2013, the Surrey Hills AONB Board formally submitted a request that Natural England (NE) to consider a modification to the AONB boundary based on 38 candidate areas as recommended by HDA. The conclusions and recommendations of HDA are described in the following reports.

Click here to view the Surrey Interactive Map which shows the new Surrey landscape character areas that formed the basis of the reports from HAD.

The Surrey Hills AONB was only the second landscape to be designated in England in 1958, and the boundary has not been reviewed since its original designation. In 2011 Natural England’s Board commissioned a study carried out by consultants Alison Farmer Associates to review the evidence for a boundary review. The decision by Natural England’s Board followed a long campaign by the Surrey Hills Board and other interested parties to re-consider the boundary. Significant parts of the adjacent countryside outside the AONB had been designated at a local county level as Areas of Great Landscape Value (AGLV). It was felt by the Surrey Hills Board that the AGLV area was now worthy of review.

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