AONB Partnership response to the Glover Review

Click on the link below to download the AONB Partnership’s response to the Glover Review of designated landscapes.

Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership Evidence to Glover Review

The response is made on behalf of the AONB Partnership, and a draft of it was discussed at a meeting called specifically for this purpose on 4th December 2018.

Linley Hill by Geoff Cryer

Linley Hill by Geoff Cryer

The response reiterates that landscape-scale focus on nature conservation and biodiversity are key roles for designated landscapes. Working with farmers and land managers is of vital importance, and working with local communities is at the heart of the UK designated landscape approach.

Influence in planning (more broadly than just housing and transport) is one of the main weaknesses in the AONB system.  A more secure structure for AONBs, including becoming statutory consultees in planning would bring about greater stability, stronger governance and a higher profile.

Ongoing secure public funding for statutory designations is vital, and enables us to add value cost-effectively through funding from other sources.

In collaboration with partners, doing more for access and recreation is a key way in which the landscape can deliver benefits directly to the public through health and wellbeing.  There is enormous potential for improving people’s health and wellbeing through greater participation.

Further information about the Glover Review can be found at http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/aonb-partnership/aonb-partnershipglover-review-of-designated-landscapes/