Management Plan Review 2018

 

Introduction

Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) relevant local authorities in the area have a legal duty to produce / review the Malvern Hills AONB management plan every five years. Once agreed, the plan formulates local authority policy in relation to the management of the area. However, the management plan is much more than just a document for local authorities. It is a plan for the whole of the AONB and it guides and influences the activities of many individuals and organisations in the area. The management plan incorporates the views of a wide range of public, private and voluntary bodies and individuals and is the key document through which intentions for conserving and enhancing the special character of the area are presented and implemented.

Consultation Draft – Have Your Say

The Malvern Hills AONB management plan (2019-2024) consultation draft can be found by clicking here.

An online form you can use to provide your comments on the consultation draft can be found here.

Consultation on the draft AONB management plan (2019-2024) takes place for 5 weeks between Monday 1st October and Monday 5th November 2018. Comments received after 5pm on Monday 5th November 2018 may not be considered. DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS NOW EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER.

Review programme and timetable

The Review so far

Key steps that have been taken so far to inform the consultation draft are as follows:

  1. An online survey was conducted between March and June 2018 to help the AONB Partnership to garner peoples thoughts on the AONB, the challenges which it faces and their views on the priorities for action over the next five years. 64 people participated in the survey. A summary of the results can be found here.
  2. Three workshops were held over May and June 2018. The workshops brought those with similar interests and knowledge together to consider elements of the current management plan and the changes necessary to bring it up to date for the period 2019-2024.  One workshop covered the Natural and Cultural Environment, one covered Farming and Forestry and one dealt with Community Life and Enjoying and Understanding. 44 people attended the workshops. Workshop notes can be found here.

Review timetable

A list of key tasks and a timetable for the review of the management plan can be found here.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

There is a statutory requirement to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the AONB management plan (2019-2024). This is because the implementation of the management plan may have significant effects on the environment. The  SEA encompasses a strategic assessment of options and alternative courses of action in order to avoid or mitigate any adverse effects.

The Strategic Environmental Assessment Environment Report for the Malvern Hills AONB management plan (2019-2024) consultation draft can be found here.

You can record your comments on the SEA report via an online form which can be found by clicking here.

If you have any comments or queries concerning the review process or are unable to access material please contact Paul Esrich at pesrich@worcestershire.gov.uk