Have your say on the future management of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Residents from across the Cotswolds have just ten days to go to have their say on how the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is managed in the future.

Following a series of public meetings held across the Cotswolds recently where local residents were able to find out more about the work and achievements of the Cotswolds Conservation Board over the past 5 years and take an active part in discussing future plans, there is still time for members of the public to take part in an online survey and submit their views before the deadline of 14 July.

The meetings and survey are being run as part of the review process for the Cotswolds AONB Management Plan. This plan provides information on a number of different aspects of the AONB including planning, transport, tourism, recreation, historic buildings and nature to help guide the management of the AONB over the next five years. The new plan, which will come into effect in April 2013, has identified a range of key issues and policies covering each of these and other topics. Through public meetings and online consultation, members of the public are being invited to put forward their thoughts regarding the content of the plan.

To go direct to the survey questions, click here.

For further details of the Management Plan click here or contact the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000.

Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape. www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk