Cotswolds AONB Management Plan

Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2018-2023

The Cotswolds Conservation Board has a statutory duty to prepare and review a management plan for the Cotswolds AONB at five-yearly intervals.  The Board adopted the Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2018-2023 on 20th September 2018, following a review of the 2013-2018 Management Plan and extensive consultation.

The Management Plan sets out the vision, outcomes and policies to guide the management of the AONB for the period 2018-2023. The Management Plan is a key mechanism for achieving the purposes of: (i) conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the AONB; and (ii) increasing the understanding and enjoyment of the AONB’s special qualities.  In fulfilling these two purposes, it seeks to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the AONB.  It also seeks to foster a more consistent and coordinated approach across this administratively complex AONB in order to achieve these purposes more effectively.

Although the Board is the body responsible for preparing and publishing the Management Plan – and will play an important role in its delivery – its successful delivery is also dependent on a wide range of stakeholders.  As such, the policies of the Management Plan are also intended to guide the work of these stakeholders in helping to deliver the Management Plan’s vision and outcomes.

The Board will publish a professionally designed version of the Management Plan by the end of 2018.

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment

As part of the process for producing the Management Plan the Board commissioned a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Management Plan.

The SEA report concluded that: (i) there is nothing in the Management Plan that will undermine the special qualities of the AONB; and (ii) implementation of the Management Plan will have environmental and sustainability benefits for the Cotswolds AONB.

The Board also commissioned a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) screening report.

The HRA report concluded that: (i) no policy areas would have an adverse effect on the integrity of any European site; and (ii) there is no requirement to undertake and Appropriate Assessment under the Habitats Regulations.