Wednesday 8 April 2020
The Chilterns Conservation Board submitted its response to the Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on legalising skytyping and skywriting in the UK. Our response opposes the idea in principle on the main grounds that:
(a) It fails to pay appropriate regard to the duties set out within section 85 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and therefore does not deliver core statute to protect the special qualities of nationally protected landscapes such as the Chilterns AONB.
(b) Within such protected areas, the introduction of new aerial activity materially diminished the tranquillity of the environment and therefore the public benefits it brings to residents and visitors alike. Further it impacts on air quality, which is already below acceptable standards as in proximity of European protected habitat (The Chilterns Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation).