Position Statements

Dark Skies and Artificial Light


As well as being integral to the special qualities of the AONB, dark skies are important for the health of people, wildlife and heritage. The aim of this Position Statement is to avoid harm from light pollution to the North Wessex Downs AONB. The Position Statement is for policy makers regarding lighting, those preparing planning applications involving lighting, and those assessing lighting plans.

Dark Skies and Artificial Light Position Statement

Best practice for Equestrian Development and Land Management

Equestrian Development Image

The new  AONB Position Statement for Equestrian Development and Land Management outlines best practice within the protected landscape and grazing management practices which support the conservation of grassland habitats for wildlife.

Best practice for Equestrian Development and Land Management- Summary Document

The full position statement is available on request.

Position Statement on Housing, Setting and Renewable Energy

North Wessex Downs Position Statements are to inform local planning authorities, landowners, applicants and other interested parties of the AONB Unit’s position regarding development within, or likely to affect, the AONB or its setting. The documents are intended to guide policy makers, to assist in the preparation of planning applications and to assist in the decision making process. Position Statements are prepared in consultation with and approved by the North Wessex Downs AONB Management Working Group and the Council of Partners including all the constituent Local Authorities.

Current Position Statements: