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Protection of Greensand Ridge Update
The Chairman informed the Committee that as the members in attendance had changed since the adjournment this item would be taken again from the beginning.
The Head of Planning and Development presented the report which updated the Committee on the Government’s ongoing review of designated landscape areas.
agreed noted that every
opportunity should be taken to pursue AONB, or equivalent, status
for the Greensand Ridge. However, there
was debate over Landscapes of Local Value and the best way to
approach those in responding to the review, that had not yet been
adopted by the Government. It was felt
that the review had reached a certain point and then ended before
the work on local landscape designations had been done. The Committee agreed that the work to
review Landscapes of Local Value needed to come first before
pushing them forwards for national
1. The report is welcomed and noted;
2. That should the Government adopt the reviews findings Maidstone Borough Council will continue to push for Greensand Ridge to get designation as an AONB, or latterly, “National Landscape”;
3. Officers prepare proposals and costs to advance the work of AONB status, or latterly, “National Landscape” for Greensand Ridge and to evaluate and take forward work on Landscapes of Local Value in readiness for national recognition.
During discussion of this item the meeting was adjourned to the reserve date of 19 November 2019.
RESOLVED: That the meeting be adjourned to the date of 19 November 2019.