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Position Statements


Position statements on key issues affecting the Cotswolds National Landscape

As part of our commitment to the ‘conserving and enhancing’ purpose of AONB designation, we publish our position on key issues affecting the area. Developing these position statements is an action within the Cotswolds National Landscape Management Plan.

Planning and development

Housing Position Statement (April 2021)

Landscape-led Development Position Statement (April 2021)

Development in the Setting of the AONB (Revised June 2016)

Neighbourhood Planning (June 2023)

Minerals and Waste Planning (Revised 2013)

Transport (Revised 2013)


Renewable Energy (June 2023)

Unconventional Gas Prospectivity Briefing Paper (Updated July 2023)

Miscanthus (Updated July 2023)

Energy Guide (June 2014)

Special qualities

Tranquillity Position Statement  (June 2019)

Cotswolds Dark Skies & Artificial Light Position Statement (Adopted March 2019)

Conserving and Celebrating Cultural Capital in the Cotswolds (Updated July 2023)

Land management

Keeping Of Horses and Ponies (Updated July 2023)

Management of Roadside Verges (Updated July 2023)

Management of Wild Deer (Revised June 2017)

Tree Species and Provenance (Updated July 2023)