Cotswolds AONB Management Plan

Draft Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2018 – 2023

The Cotswolds Conservation Board is required to review the statutory Management Plan for the Cotswolds AONB.

The Management Plan seeks to define the approach to conserving, enhancing, understanding and enjoying the natural beauty of the AONB.  It aims to inform the activity of a multitude of partners, stakeholders, landowners, businesses, communities and visitors to contribute to the enhancement and enjoyment of this nationally designated landscape.

During the last year we have been reviewing the draft Management Plan and gaining input from our partners.  We’ve carefully considered the comments we received and have produced a Second Draft AONB Management Plan for consultation.  We now invite you to make comments on this Second Draft.

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We would welcome your input and comments on this Second Draft Plan by 29th March 2018.

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The Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2013 – 2018 was adopted by the Cotswolds Conservation Board in March 2013 following a review of the 2008 – 2013 Plan and wide public consultation. It sets out a vision for future management of the area, together with clear objectives and policies, which will guide the Cotswolds Conservation Board in exercising its responsibilities.

There is a strong emphasis on partnership working and the need for public bodies to fulfil their commitment to work towards helping to conserve and enhance the AONB.

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The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan (2013-2018) was published after a thorough consultation process and is designed as a guide for local authorities, statutory agencies and other bodies such as businesses and individuals working within the AONB.

The Board has a statutory duty to prepare and review a management plan at five-yearly intervals and that plan must set out the Board’s vision of how it will deliver its aims and purposes.

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The Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2013-18 covers the wide range of issues that affect the area including; development and transport, rural land management, natural resources, biodiversity and the historic environment.

The plan not only sets out the Board’s objectives and policies for 2013-18 but also provides a vision for the future of the AONB over the next 20 years. It is not just a plan prepared by the Board for itself but a plan for all those who value the area and have an interest in it.

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Conserving and Enhancing

The first purpose of the Cotswolds Conservation Board is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB. All of the objectives in this section contribute to achieving this.

Conserving and enhancing the Cotswolds environment provides a wide range of benefits that are beyond monetary value and become of ever greater importance as the surrounding urban population grows and rates of change in the wider world accelerate.

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Understanding and Enjoying

The second purpose of the Cotswolds Conservation Board is “increasing the understanding and enjoyment by the public, of the special qualities of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.

Achieving this second purpose provides a number of important benefits. Access and enjoyment have the potential, if appropriately managed, to increase respect for the special qualities of the Cotswolds and, in so doing, to raise environmental awareness in general.

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Implementation, monitoring and evaluation

Implementation of the objectives and policies of this Management Plan needs the support and involvement of many other organisations and individuals who have key parts to play in the future of the area.

The Plan identifies available and potential delivery mechanisms by which the objectives may be realised. Specific detailed mechanisms are not included as these may change or cease to be available over the five-year life of the Plan.

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Set out in this section of the Plan are the actions the Board wishes organisations and individuals to consider taking alone or in partnership with others including the Board. Whilst not all suggested actions may be currently possible for the identified partners, the Board considers that taking them would:

  • better deliver the purpose of designation of the AONB
  • assist the Board to better deliver its own purposes
  • deliver the objectives of this Management Plan

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Abbreviations and explanation of terms used throughout the document.

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