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Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are recognised as
being landscapes of national importance. These areas are designated for their special
character, and planning policy protects their distinctive
environmental and heritage features. The purpose of the designation
is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of these landscapes.
The Council has a legal duty to have regard to the purposes of the
There are 41 AONBs in England and Wales. The Kent Downs
AONB is the eighth largest AONB in England and Wales and covers
nearly a quarter of Kent. It extends into Medway to the south
of the urban area, forming a valued part of the
local landscape and views. It includes areas such as Ranscombe
The Kent Downs AONB management unit promotes activities to
conserve and enhance this special landscape. It produced
an updated management plan for 2014-19 that sets out the aims,
policies and actions for the designated area. Medway Council has
adopted the Kent Downs AONB Management Plan as policy. This
sets out the vision of the future of this special landscape, seeks
to address key issues and threats and sets out aims, objectives and
policies for the positive management of the Kent Downs for the next
read the management plan on the Kent Downs AONB
The Kent Downs AONB unit ran a successful landscape partnership
scheme, the Valley of
Visions from 2007 to 2013. This covered the Medway Valley
including the downs and river landscapes and local villages. The
scheme funded a range of environmental and heritage projects.
Details of the scheme, and suggestions for places to visit and
walks guides are available on the website.
For other AONBs, please visit
Natural England: AONB.
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