Managing the AONB

Documents which help us to manage the AONB

Management Plan

Management Plans help all those involved in managing the AONB to: 

  • conserve its special qualities
  • manage the pressures on these qualities and
  • where possible, improve the AONB for current and future generations of people who live in and visit the area

It provides guidance to everyone with an interest in an AONB, including all those organisations and individuals who manage or have an influence over land in the area, as well as those who live, work and relax there. 

All AONBs must have a Management Plan, and this sets out the intentions for conserving and enhancing the special quality of the area.  This statutory document identifies the issues and challenges facing the AONB and contains policies and objectives which will protect and enhance its special features. 

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) is the legislation which places the legal duty on Local Authorities to produce a Plan every five years.  The Management Plan is produced and reviewed by the members of the AONB Partnership, which includes representatives from many organisations that have an interest in the area.

Our current Management Plan covers the period of 2019 to 2024. 

It is presented in three main sections –

  • the natural and cultural environment
  • community life
  • enjoying and understanding

Annual Review

Each financial year, we publish an annual review which sets out how the key partners have delivered against the action plan.  As part of the monitoring process, the AONB Partnership reviews the successes, and summarises the achievements of the previous 12 months.  

Strategic Environmental Report

As well as the Management Plan, there are other supporting documents which help us better understand the AONB; how it is changing over time and the impacts of that change.

We have a Strategic Environmental Report, which sets out the impacts which could occur whilst implementing the Management Plan

State of the AONB Report

The State of the AONB report gives a snapshot of the condition of the AONB at one point in time.  It includes indicator information on the following;

  • Landscape
  • Biodiversity
  • Geodiversity
  • Historic and Built Environment
  • Tranquility
  • Enjoyment

It records where change has occurred since the previous State of the AONB report document and reports on any trends forming.

Our last report was published in 2018 and will next be updated in 

  • Condition Monitoring 
  • Traffic Flows 
  • Landscape monitoring