The North Wessex Downs AONB is a nationally protected landscape of international significance. It is valued for its dramatic wide views across open, rolling downland which contrast with more intimate, wooded landscapes and river valley meadows dotted with historic features from the ancient Avebury World Heritage Site to compact spring-line villages along the slopes of the chalk hills.
These landscapes and the wildlife they support are some of the special features of the North Wessex Downs. Their future is protected and enhanced through an AONB Management Plan, a legal document which is adopted by all the local authorities in which the North Wessex Downs sit.
Every five years the AONB Management Plan is reviewed. As part of this task we are have launched a public consultation to gather views on the draft Management Plan to cover the period 2019-24. This is your opportunity to make known your thoughts and ideas on this draft Plan.
Everyone is important in this process; your ideas, comments, thoughts and suggestions can all help us to shape the Management Plan which will influence our work and the future of the North Wessex Downs. It’s an opportunity to let us know what you love about the area, and how you think that change over the next five years should be managed to best safeguard the natural beauty of the AONB.
In particular, please consider if the key issues, Strategic Objectives for the Plan period (2019-24) and AONB Policies seem right from your perspective. Do let us know if you think they are right; if they are incomplete or deficient (and if so, tell us why and what changes you would like to see), or if there is anything that has been overlooked (again, with your thoughts on how to improve the Plan).
There is a 12 week period in which you can make your views known to us, ending at 5pm on Friday 23rd November 2018. Please make specific comments about issues, locations or topics which are of particular concern or interest to you, giving us as much information as possible on the part of the plan you are referring to.
Please fill in the form below. Alternatively, you can download an electronic version of the feedback form (in Microsoft Word), add your comments and email it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or download a PDF Version, of the form, fill it out and post back to us at:
Management Plan Review, North Wessex Downs AONB, Units 3-4, Denford Manor, Lower Denford, RG17 0UN
Using the form will help us to analyse responses to the Consultation. However, we welcome comments by email or by mail to the addresses above.