A Draft Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan 2019-24 is now available for comment between 28th November 2018 and 16th January 2019.
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 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.
During 2018 there has been different stages of consultation with the public and specialists on the previous plan to ensure the Draft Management Plan 2019-24 reflects the changed context and priorities since the last Plan was produced.
Jim Hardcastle, Mendip Hills AONB Manager said, ‘Delivering a joined-up approach to looking after this special landscape is an ongoing challenge with the pressures for new development and funding alongside broader changes like leaving the EU that will affect farm payment systems. The draft plan sets out how the AONB Partnership intends to respond to these challenges.’
The Draft Mendip Hills AONB Management Plan 2019 – 24 and supporting documentation can be found here.