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The Landmark Listen: Environment Podcast – AONBs or National Landscapes

Stephen Whale and Matthew Dale-Harris provide a podcast that covers the recent developments in the following topics: The Glover Report, National Parks and AONBs, the Government’s response to the Landscapes review and the DEFRA consultation exercise.

They also discuss the proposed renaming of ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ to ‘National Landscapes’.

The discussion on the Government’s response highlights the experience of NPs and AONBs during the lockdowns, the Government’s commitment to protecting 30% of the U.K.’s land by 2030 and the 25-year environment plan, and the complexity of interactions between people and nature. Furthermore, housing in NPs and AONBs is discussed, emphasising the imminent importance of a minimum 10% Biodiversity Net Gain as a pre-condition for planning permission.

Stephen Whale and Matthew Dale-Harris, as well as other Landmark Barristers, offer further information on AONB, National Parks and Planning Law in their book “A Practical Guide to Planning Law and Rights of Way in National Parks, the Broads and AONBs”.

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AONB = Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
LPA= Local Planning Authority
NPA = National Park Authority
NPPF = National Planning Policy Framework
SAC = Special Area of Conservation
SPA = Special Protection Area
SSSI = Site of Special Scientific Interest
TRO = Traffic Regulation Order

To listen to the podcast, please click here.

About the speakers


Stephen Whale

Stephen has an extensive practice in all aspects of planning and environment law, local government law, highway law, public law and licensing law. He regularly advises and represents developers, local authorities, interest groups, government agencies and the Secretary of State. Stephen has a great deal of experience at planning inquiries and hearings, as well as DCO examinations, together with all court levels from the magistrates’ court up to the Supreme Court. He is licensed to accept direct instructions by way of Public Access. Stephen has many reported cases to his name. He has been highly ranked in the leading directories for both Planning and Licensing over many years. Stephen is the author of the enforcement section in the Encyclopaedia of Planning Law.

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Matthew Dale-Harris

Matt/Matthew is a planning, property and environmental law specialist. In 2021 he was ranked as one of the top-rated planning juniors under 35 (Planning Magazine) and was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel. He is the Editor of the Environment section of the Civil Court Practice and assist the editors of the Planning Encyclopedia. He has acted for a range of developers including national housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey and land promoters like Catesby Estates as well as specialist and boutique developers like Optivo and Acorn Developments.

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