Guidance Documents

Guidance documents are a key mechanism for influencing management of the AONB and for conserving and enhancing its special qualities. Many different organisations within the area produce guidance in accordance with their own areas of interest. These can be accessed on request. This section of the website contains AONB specific guidance which has been developed through the AONB Partnership.

Guidance on Managing Unimproved Grassland

Permanent pasture accounts for more than 50% of the Malvern Hills AONB. Most of this grassland is farmed and will usually have been fertilised or re-seeded to improve its economic value. This is known as ‘improved’ grassland. Areas that have never been agriculturally improved are defined as ‘unimproved’ grassland and may have been managed traditionally for hundreds of years. This guidance is to help those who manage grass fields which are ‘unimproved’.

Download the guidance on managing unimproved grassland.

Guidance on Garden Orchard and Fruit Tree Management

When moving to a property, many people inherit one or more fruit trees or even a small orchard, yet may have little idea how to manage them. This guidance is intended to enable you to look after your garden fruit tree, be it a single apple tree or part of a small orchard.

Download the guidance on garden orchard and fruit tree management.

Renewable Energy Technologies (Small Scale)

The Malvern Hills AONB Partnership is supportive of small scale renewable energy schemes which do not impact negatively on the AONB. These notes provide a simple guide as to how people can reduce the impact of renewable energy technologies on landscape, biodiversity and the historic environment. This guidance has no formal status.

Download the solar energy guidance
Download the wind energy guidance
Download the heat pumps guidance

Guidance on Keeping Horses in the Landscape

Keeping horses for business and leisure purposes is on the increase in the Malvern Hills AONB. This guidance document is for horse owners and land managers and provides useful tips on a range of issues such as pasture management, fencing and planning permission. The purpose of the document is to ensure that horses have a positive impact on the landscape of the AONB.

Download the guidance on Keeping Horses in the Landscape
Download the consultation summary for this work

Guidance on Highway Design

The AONB Unit and local Highway Authorities have worked together to develop a Highway Design guide for the AONB. The aim of the guidance is to make sure that the road signs and markings around the AONB are clear and fit for purpose in preventing accidents, whilst respecting the special character of the AONB.

Download the guidance on Highway Design
Download the consultation summary for this work

Guidance on Identifying and Grading Views and Viewpoints

The Views from and towards the Malvern Hills can be spectacular and are highly valued by those who use the area. The aim of this guidance is to help people identify and grade the importance of views and associated viewpoints around the AONB. It can be used to help make a judgement about how a proposed development or change in land use will alter views.

Download the guidance on Identifying and Grading Views and Viewpoints
Download the consultation summary for this work
Download proforma: Grading viewpoints and views from the Malvern Hills
Download proforma: Grading viewpoints and views towards the Malvern Hills

 

Landscape Strategy and Guidelines

Landscapes are dynamic. Changes in the landscapes of the Malvern Hills AONB are inevitable but such changes need to managed to ensure that valued characteristics are maintained into the future. This document provides direction and guidance on how the different landscapes of the Malvern Hills AONB can be managed in order to obtain optimum character, condition and sustainability.

Download the Landscape Strategy and Guidelines
Search the Landscape Strategy and Guidelines by postcode
Download the consultation summary for this work

Guidance on Building Design

The purpose of this document is to provide direction and guidance on how new development can make a positive contribution to the natural beauty of the AONB.

Download the Guidance on Building Design
Download the Building Design Guide Consultation Summary

Guidance on the Selection and Use of Colour in Development

The purpose of this document is to provide direction and guidance on how colour can help new development fit with the special landscape of the AONB and contribute to the local distinctiveness of the area.

Download the Guidance on the Selection and Use of Colour

Download the consultation summary for this guidance

Search the Guidance by postcode