A Draft Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan 2014-19 is now available for comment. As required by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (the CRoW Act) the local authorities have a statutory responsibility to review the AONB Management Plan every five years. The Plan sets out their approach for the management of the AONB and for the carrying out of their functions in relation to it.
The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership, consisting of the local authorities, Natural England, other organisations with a land management responsibility such as Somerset and Avon Wildlife Trusts, National Trust, together with parish councils and other interested groups such as Mendip Society lead on the Management Plan review for the local authorities.
The role of the partnership is to ensure that Mendip Hills AONB retains their unique character and special qualities whilst recognising that it is a place where people live, work and visit.
The Draft Management Plan 2014-19 reflects the changed context and priorities since the last Plan was produced. Accompanying the Draft Plan is the Draft Delivery Plan setting out actions to deliver the Management Plan.
‘Delivering an integrated approach to management of the AONB is an ongoing challenge with the pressures for new development, exploration of shale gases and a changing climate. How we intend to respond to these challenges is set out in this Draft Plan and Delivery Plan’ said Sarah Jackson Mendip Hills AONB Manager.
Both documents can be viewed on our Management Plan Review page until 4th October 2013.
Responses are by Survey Monkey