Management Plan 2015-2020
The finalised version of the Wye Valley AONB Management Plan 2015-2020 is availalbe to view here. The Management Plan is currently being designed for publication following formal adoption by the four constituent Local Authorities and will be availalbe shortly. Meanwhile please use the downloadable text document above.
The development of the Wye Valley AONB Management Plan 2015-2020 is outlined below including the final draft, available to view by clicking here (amended version) or here (version showing amendments). The Plan has been through
- Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA)
- Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)
- Future Generations Evaluation (FGE) inlcuding Equalities and Sustainability Impact Assessments.
The Reports on these Assessments are available by clicking on the links above.
The SEA, HRA and FGE Reports conclude that the AONB Management Plan is unlikley to have any detrimental environmental impacts, does not have any likely significant effects on Natura 2000 sites (SPAs and SACs) alone or in combination with other plans and projects, subject to HRAs being carried out at a lower tier plan or project level as set in the HRA document. It also has no negative effects on future generation or equalities. The Post SEA/HRA Draft Plan has been modified accordingly.
The evolution of the Plan can be seen through the previous Post-Consultation Draft AONB Management Plan in the two links below, one showing the ‘amended’ Management Plan and the other the version ‘with amendments’ showing all the modifications (additions and deletions) arising from assimilating the responses to the comments from the main public consultation in 2014.
The Consultation Draft AONB Management Plan 2014-19 was published in November 2013 with a 10 weeks public consultation period. In addition two seminars were held with key stakeholders in January 2014 to provide further opportunities for everybody to inspect and comment on the new AONB Management Plan. A total of 27 organisations and individuals submitted 318 specific comments on the Consultation Draft AONB Management Plan 2014-19. Those comments and the formal responses and consequent recommended amendments to the AONB Management Plan are available to view here.
The Wye Valley AONB Joint Advisory Committee subsequently decided to redefine the period of the five year period of the Management Plan to 2015-2020.
The Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000, Sections 89 and 90, require local authorities to review and publish AONB Management Plans at not more than five year intervals. The current Wye Valley AONB Management Plan is dated 2009-2014 and is available through the menu on the left.
The preparation of the third statutory 5 year AONB Management Plan follows the earlier non-statutory Plans of 1992 and 1981. Under this review most of the issues in the 2009-2014 Plan were considered still relevant, and this review has built on and developed the approach of the previous ones, updating and making changes where necessary, and setting out current priorities and actions. The evolution of the statutory AONB Managements can be followed through the various pages of this website.
The amendments in the Post-consultation Draft Management Plan 2015-2020 were not major.
The most significant modifications were:-
• Adding ‘Orchards’ as a new Special Quality of the AONB
• Placing a list of the Special Qualities after the Statement of Significance in Section 2 (but leaving the full Table of Special Qualities in Section 6).
• Adding greater references to Green Infrastructure
• Increasing the emphasis on pest and diseases, particularly for trees
• Elaborating further on the approaches to Ecosystem services and natural resource management, the latter particularly at a river catchment scale
• Greater emphasis that the viability of rural enterprises enables land managers to conserve and enhance their holdings and their interests.
• Recognition that the key strategic tourism partners in and around the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean are now working together as a Destination Management Organisation with an emerging Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Destination Management Plan.
• General update of terminology and references due to the passage of time
• The inclusion of a glossary.
An Action Plan and monitoring and evaluation programme will also be published to ensure that the Strategic Objectives are implemented.