Our most important volunteers are our Board members and the Planning Committee. With the oversight and approval of the Board, the Planning Committee sets the principles, policies and priorities that guide our planning and development work, and the Committee has direct oversight over that work.
The principles and policies that we work to are set out in broad terms in the Chilterns AONB Management Plan, and more detail on how these may be implemented can be found in our published advice and guidance.
Our role is to advise planning decision makers – mainly local authorities – on how decisions can be made in ways that conserve and enhance the Chilterns AONB and its setting, while fostering the social and economic well-being of its communities. We also try to support communities, particularly town and parish councils, especially with neighbourhood plans.
We do not make decisions on planning proposals, and planning decision-makers are not obliged to follow our advice.
We do not have the resources to provide planning advice to individuals, organisations or businesses – whether they are proposing development or concerned about its impacts – apart from Town or Parish Councils working on neighbourhood plans. In particular, we are unable to advise on whether planning permission (or other forms of consent) is required for a development project.
If you have a general query about planning, please use one of the options shown in the panel below.