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Public Consultation opens on plan for the Northumberland Coast

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Budle Bay Gavin Duthie

Consultation has opened on an important plan that will help to shape the future of the Northumberland coast.

Local people are being asked to provide comments on the draft Management Plan for the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Management Plan is the single most important document for the Northumberland Coast AONB. It sets out long term aims and objectives that will ensure that this nationally important landscape is conserved  and enhanced for future generations to enjoy as it is today. It is a legal requirement for Local Authorities to review statutory management plans for AONBs every year. This draft plan, covering the period 2020-2024 has been prepared by the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership on behalf of Northumberland County Council. 

Chairman of the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership Cllr Jeff Watson said “In a time of uncertainty with both challenges and opportunities ahead, the Plan sets out clear objectives and policies designed to provide a framework for action by the AONB Partnership, the County Council, partner organisations, farmers, businesses, community groups and residents over the last five years. 

“The AONB is a living working place and local people are at the heart of protecting the coastline and adjacent countryside and safeguarding its future. We really hope that local people will engage with this consultation and let us know what they think of the draft plan and we look forward to receiving these comments over the next few weeks”

The consultation is open for six weeks from Monday 20th January until Monday 2nd March 2020 and people can comment on the draft plan via the AONB website

Northumberland Coast AONB Management Plan Public Consultation Jan 2020 (1).pdf