Every five years, the North Pennines AONB Management Plan has to be reviewed. The duty to produce this plan is placed on the area’s five Local Authorities, acting jointly; the plan is drawn up on their behalf by the North Pennines AONB Partnership. It is a plan for the area, rather than a workplan for the AONB staff team. It focuses on the purpose of designation – the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty – and deals with natural and cultural heritage and issues around promoting enjoyment and understanding of the area’s special qualities.
A pdf of the draft plan for 2019-’24 can be found here: North Pennines AONB Management Plan 2019-’24 Consultation Draft
We used a Survey Monkey questionnaire to collect comments during the consultation period. This is now closed.
The 11 short term outcomes that form the core of the plan and which will help monitor its effectiveness are:
- The landscape delivers more for nature, farmers and the public, including climate change mitigation and other natural services
- Landscape quality and character is protected and enhanced whilst ensuring essential development takes place
- More and bigger areas of habitat are better connected, and managed and biodiversity loss is reversed
- Built and other cultural heritage assets are better understood, conserved and managed
- More people take action to look after our natural and cultural heritage
- More people and wider audiences enjoy, understand and value our natural heritage
- More people come together to celebrate their heritage and increase local pride
- People of all ages have increased opportunity to learn about and be inspired by our natural and cultural heritage
- More people get health and well-being benefits from nature
- Nature and culture increasingly underpins the economy and supports local services
- Skills and knowledge around natural and cultural heritage have increased
There are other documents associated with the plan:
To accompany the management plan, the AONB Partnership has produced a draft Team Plan for the first two years of the plan’s life. AONB Team Plan 2019-21 copy for web
What happens next?
The consultation closed on 31st January 2019. A report will be produced on the consultation responses and published on the AONB Partnership website. Amendments will be made following the consultation and the plan will be endorsed by the AONB Partnership for submission to the Local Authorities for adoption, and to Defra.