New five year Management Plan for AONB – public consultation

Public consultation has been launched today on the draft new Shropshire Hills AONB Management Plan for 2019-24.

The new plan results from work among partners in the AONB Partnership over the last year and a half.  We now welcome comments from anyone who has an interest in the area.

 

front cover draft Mngt Plan 2019-24

The Shropshire Hills have evolved through the interaction of people and nature over a long time to produce a character and quality which we value.  The landscape contributes greatly to the economy and to our health and culture.  Food production needs healthy soils and water, while our hills and woods help to manage flood risk.  Nature and beautiful landscapes are good for our mental wellbeing and quality of life, provide a sense of identity, and attract business investment.  To do this, they need actively looking after.

 

The Shropshire Hills landscape is under increasing pressure and some of the special qualities of the AONB are showing signs of deterioration.  Conservation activity through many schemes and projects is not proving adequate to prevent declines in much of our wildlife.  Not enough progress is being made with water quality and catchment management targets.

 

Farming, especially in the uplands, is at an important crossroads as we head towards new UK policy and funding regimes. Economic forces are increasing development pressure and reducing resources for positive management, leading to more deterioration of valuable features by neglect.

 

The Plan sets out draft policies of the local authorities, and proposed actions for a wider variety of partners, under three main aims:

  • Land management supporting natural beauty and landscape
  • Planning for a sustainable economy and communities
  • People enjoying and caring about the landscape

To download a copy of the draft Plan, please go to http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/a-special-place/management-plan/   We look forward to hearing from you.  For further information please contact Phil Holden on 01588 674088 or at phil.holden@shropshire.gov.uk.