Development Control

firefoxDevelopment Control deals with the present. The Local Authority plans in the Forward Planning section set out how Government (who set the overall policies) and Local Government (who interpret and apply the policies to their particular areas) want development to proceed.

When it comes to actually making it happen, the implementation stage, it's the turn of local developers and in some instances Local Authorities themselves to devise and get approval for individual projects. Each project comes into the public domain through a Planning Application, submitted for approval to the Development Control departments for the area concerned.

Applications can be viewed online via individual Council Planning Portals, but you need to be specific regarding the area (Community, Parish), date or application number. These portals do not provide facilities to look for applications for sites specifically "within the Wye Valley AONB". However the Society receives a weekly list, prepared by the Wye Valley AONB Unit, of all applications within the AONB boundaries. Any member of the Society requiring requiring a copy of this list should contact the Secretary. It is in Microsoft Excel (XLSX) format and will be sent via email.

The planning portals for the 3 Planning Authorities within the AONB can be found at the following web addresses (unfortunately the portals all use different interfaces so inputting search information is slightly different in each case):

For Herefordshire the portal is here

For Monmouthshire the portal is here.

For the Forest of Dean the portal is here

The projects pursued by the AONB Unit generally fall outside the scope of the Development Control process.