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New Management Plan for the Northumberland Coast AONB

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Cllr Jeff Watson, Chair of the AONB Partnership, with the Management Plan Iain Robson

A new Management Plan for the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has been adopted by Northumberland County Council.

The AONB Management Plan - which covers the period 2020-2024 - is a statutory plan under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) that sets out a shared long-term vision for the area. It describes the broad range of issues facing the Northumberland Coast AONB and a framework for action to conserve and enhance the area for future generations.

This Plan forms a revised strategy for the Northumberland Coast AONB from 2019–2024. It has been developed through consultation and a review process with a wide range of agencies, organisations and individuals who live and work in the area.  

Cllr Jeff Watson, Chair of the AONB Partnerships said “Working together is crucial if we are to conserve and enhance all of the things that make the AONB such a special place. This plan will steer the work of the AONB Partnership and the staff team and provide guidance to local authorities, communities, organisations, landowners and land managers and businesses to achieve the aims set out in it”. 

David Feige, AONB Officer, said, “We’re excited to be able to get to work on the new Management Plan. There could be significant changes in the resourcing and status of the AONBs following the Government’s response to the Glover Review, expected in the autumn, so we keenly await further details”.

The full management plan for the AONB is now available online. There are also printed copies that are available, which can be sent out as necessary. Please contact the office for more information.