Cotswolds AONB Management Plan

Draft Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2018 – 2023

 

The final draft of the Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2018-2023 is out for consultation from 10th July to 14th August 2018.  The associated Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Screening Report are also out for consultation during this period.

 

This consultation is targeted at the 15 local authorities that overlap with the Cotswolds AONB and the three statutory environmental bodies (Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency).  However, other stakeholders are also welcome to respond to the consultation.

 

Stakeholders have already been given the opportunity to provide comments on the Management Plan in two previous rounds of consultation.  The Board has endeavoured to address these comments in the final draft, where appropriate.  Therefore, rather than being an invitation to comment on any and all aspects of the Management Plan, this consultation is focussed on seeking answers to the questions posed below.  We have therefore asked the local authorities and the statutory environmental bodies to focus on answering the following questions and to limit any additional comments.

 

  1. We would like your organisation to endorse the Management Plan when it is adopted by the Board in autumn 2018. Based on the current text of the draft Management Plan, would your organisation be willing to endorse the Management Plan when it is adopted in autumn 2018?  If not, what changes would need to be made to the Management Plan in order for organisation to endorse it?

 

  1. Do you agree with the conclusions of the draft SEA Environmental Report / HRA Screening Report?  If not, what amendments need to be made to the report(s)?

 

  1. Do you agree that no amendments to the Management Plan are required as a result of the SEA Environmental Report / HRA Screening Report?  If not, what amendments need to be made to the Management Plan to address the conclusions of the report(s)?

 

The Board asks any other stakeholders who respond to this consultation to have a similar focus (although it is unlikely that we will be asking other stakeholders to endorse the Management Plan).

 

After the consultation period ends on 14th August, the Board will make any final amendments to the Management Plan that may be required as a result of the consultation.  It is anticipated that the Management Plan will then be adopted by the Board on 20th September 2018, at which point it will replace the Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2013-2018 (including on the Cotswolds Conservation Board website).  The Management Plan will be designed for formal publication during autumn 2018 and published in December 2018.

Download the final draft of the Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2018-2023

Download the ‘How Consultees Responses Have Been Addressed’ document

Download the SEA Environmental Report – Full
Download the SEA Environmental Report – Summary
Download the HRA Screening Report – Full
Download the HRA Screening Report – Summary
Please email any consultation responses, comments or queries to: managementplan@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk


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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Foreword

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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Introduction

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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Engagement

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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Appendix 

Abbreviations and explanation of terms used throughout the document.

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