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Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan

The Forest of Bowland was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in February 1964 and covers an area of 803 square kilometres straddling six local authority boundaries.  The local authorities in whose area(s) the AONB exist have formal legal responsibility for both planning, development and management of AONBs (including the duty to prepare an AONB Management Plan).  Preparation and delivery of the Management Plan is the responsibility of a Joint Advisory Committee, (JAC).  For further information on the Forest of Bowland AONB please visit this website.

The revised Forest of Bowland AONB Management Plan (2019 -2024) was approved by the JAC in February 2019 subject to any amendments arising from the final Environmental Report.  The Management Plan must be adopted separately by each local authority and therefore remains as ‘pre-adoption version’ until adopted by all Local Authorities.   

The revised Managements Plan was considered and adopted by Cabinet on 24 April 2019 delegating authority to the Head of Planning Services to approve amendments arising from the final Environmental Report.  The Head of Planning Services approved the amendments arising from the final recommendations in the Environmental Report on 4 June 2019.  If any further substantive amendments are recommended by another Local Authority then these will need to be considered and approved by the JAC and subsequently the Cabinet.  

The adopted Local Plan (2011-2031) includes a policy SP5 relating to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The policy makes reference to the AONB Management Plan as a material consideration.

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