Dorset AONB Management Plan
The Dorset AONB Management Plan sets out the Partnership's vision for the landscape and describes how the area's authorities, communities and businesses might work together to achieve that vision.
It is the 3rd iteration of the Management Plan for the Dorset AONB. Each was subject to wide public consultation and input from partners.
The full, current, designed plan (2014-2019) can be viewed or dowloaded via the link below:
DORSET AONB MANAGEMENT PLAN 2014-2019
Cover and Contents
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1. Our Vision
The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is working towards a future in which:
• Local people and visitors are inspired by the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) landscape and are actively involved in enjoying and caring for it.
• The character, beauty and diversity of the AONB landscape are enhanced, with tranquil areas and unspoilt panoramic views.
• The landscape is carefully managed to protect, enhance and make best use of the natural resources and services it provides and to ensure that these are undiminished for future generations.
• Wildlife in the AONB thrives, with large, well-connected habitats supporting more viable species populations.
• The coastline of the AONB, which is a World Heritage Site, is valued and enjoyed, retaining its natural and undeveloped character and with a thriving marine environment.
• Greater understanding of the historic environment of the AONB has revealed much about the evolution of the landscape, and a higher value is placed on caring for our heritage and culture.
• A diverse farming and forestry sector thrives in the AONB, underpinning the sustainable management of landscape, natural resources, wildlife and heritage.
• Communities in the AONB enjoy sustainable economic and social prosperity, with better service provision and a high quality of life, benefiting from, shaping decisions about, and contributing to the area's outstanding environmental quality.
• The AONB is able to adapt to the changing climate and AONB management actively contributes to efforts to mitigate further climate change.
• All people are equally able to access the AONB in a sustainable way, enjoying the recreational and lifelong learning opportunities it has to offer and benefits to wellbeing and high quality local products that a sensitively farmed and managed landscape can provide.
• The AONB's management is an inspirational example to others... [Click on the link below to read the whole chapter]
2. Statement of Significance
AONBs are designated for the fine quality of their landscape – their outstanding natural beauty. It has long been recognised that natural beauty does not simply refer to the visual appearance of the countryside, but includes flora, fauna, geological and physiographical features, manmade, historic and cultural associations and our sensory perceptions of it. The combination of these factors in each area gives a unique sense of place, and helps underpin our quality of life... [Click on the link below to read the whole chapter]
3. Landscape and Seascape Character
National Character Areas
At a national level, England is divided into 159 National Character Areas (NCAs), large areas that share similar landscape characteristics. The Dorset AONB covers NCAs 136 South Purbeck and 139 Marshwood and Powerstock Vales in their entirety, and a significant area of 134 Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase and 138 Weymouth Lowlands. Towards the boundary, the designation overlaps smaller areas of 133 Blackmoor Vale and the Vale of Wardour, 135 Dorset Heaths, 140 Yeovil Scarplands and 147 Blackdowns... [Click on the link below to read the whole chapter]
4. Policy Framework
This Policy Framework sets out our objectives and policies for managing the AONB to achieve the Vision. The Policy Framework is presented in two sections:
Natural Beauty and Heritage
This section covers the qualities and topics that make up the natural beauty of the AONB. It is presented in six themes:
• Coast and Sea
• Historic and Built Environment
• Cultural Landscape
Living, Working and Enjoying
This section covers activities that influence the natural beauty of the AONB. It addresses these activities in terms of how they relate to AONB purposes (see page X). Activities in this section are presented in four themes:
• Land management and local products
• Exploring, enjoying and learning
• Planning, highways and infrastructure
• Community action... [Click on the link below to read the whole chapter]
4A.1 Landscape Quality
The diverse character and high quality of the AONB's landscapes will be conserved and enhanced, strengthening the special qualities that underpin the designation. A common understanding of what makes each landscape special will enable us to plan ahead to conserve and enhance their distinct character and unique sense of place whilst enabling adaptation to changing conditions and supporting the needs of people and communities... [click on the link below to read the whole chapter]
4B.1 Land Management & Local Products
The AONB will support food and drink production, farming and forestry as an integral part of a vibrant and sustainable economy; land and sea-based businesses are recognised and rewarded for their conservation and enhancement of the AONB's diverse landscape. Local provenance and high environmental standards in primary production confer a marketing advantage. These rural businesses support a skilled workforce and their activity is understood and appreciated by residents and visitors... [Click on the link below to read the whole chapter]
5. Implementation, Monitoring and Review
How will the plan be delivered?
This Management Plan brings together the actions of many delivery partners, all of which contribute to the conservation and enhancement of the AONB. The policy framework tables in the previous chapters outline the tasks that need to be undertaken in the next five years and who will be involved; they also highlight clearly the anticipated role of the AONB Team.
As resources for delivery are limited, some actions are aspirational. However, the Dorset AONB Team has a strong track record on delivery and has helped secure substantial funding to make more of the projects outlined achievable. The Team will build on this track record to secure new funds for delivery from a variety of sources - the team's role and sources of funding are defined more clearly in the AONB Partnership's annual grant application to Defra. This is prioritised to ensure that limited resources are focused on the most important areas of work. The grant application is available on request... [Click on the link below to read the whole chapter]