An Outstanding Landscape of Natural and Cultural Heritage


An unspoilt and unique landscape of the highest quality; richness and diversity of cultural and natural features; a landscape where tranquillity can be found.



1.1 Landscape

  • 1.1A Ensure all local planning authorities and other interested organisations have access to AONB Landscape Character Assessment GIS data layers and understand how these can be used as a planning tool Read more
  • 1.1B Utilise the AONB Landscape Character Assessment to monitor landscape change within the AONB, as part of a 'State of the AONB' Report Read more
  • 1.1C Continue to support the 'Traditional Boundaries' programme, managing and restoring hedgerows, dry stone walls and railing fences Read more
  • 1.1D Establish new funding sources for the 'Traditional Boundaries' programme to supplement AONB support Read more
  • 1.1E Develop and disseminate advice note with design guidance for fencing in sensitive open landscapes (e.g. moorland, open river floodplains) Read more
  • 1.1F Develop plan for managing landscape change due to loss of woodland and veteran trees through increased incidence of tree disease (e.g. Phytophthera ramorum, Chalara fraxinea). Read more

1.2 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

  • 1.2A Re-establish an AONB Biodiversity Working Group (BD Working Group), representing key agencies, local authorities, environmental organisations Read more
  • 1.2B Carry out 'ecosystem approach' self-assessment produced by Natural England Read more
  • 1.2C Contribute to research on the value of 'ecosystem services' provided by the natural environment of the AONB and communicate findings to a wide audience Read more
  • 1.2D Explore opportunities for biodiversity offsetting with local planning authorities (recognising the mechanism as a last resort after options for avoidance and on-site mitigation have been exhausted) Read more
  • 1.2E Play an active role in the government's 'Catchment-based Approach' (CaBA) to river management and restoration for the Lune, Ribble and Wyre Read more

1.3 Habitats

  • 1.3A Ensure AONB's SSSIs are in favourable or recovering condition and take appropriate action to bring those SSSIs that are currently in recovering condition into favourable condition Read more
  • 1.3B Carry out a mapping exercise of priority habitats (including local important and locally designated sites) and commission condition surveys of the priority habitats identified Read more
  • 1.3C Develop opportunity maps for potential habitat creation and restoration for priority habitat identified; linking with LNP ecological frameworks research and mapping for Lancashire and priority areas identified in North Yorkshire (e.g Long Preston Wet Grasslands) Read more
  • 1.3D Restore and re-wet areas of blanket bog habitat as identified in the AONB Peatland Restoration Plan Read more
  • 1.3E Play an active role in local and regional peatland initiatives (e.g. Lancashire and Pennine Peat Partnerships) to seek additional funding to deliver AONB Peatland Restoration Plan Read more
  • 1.3F Conserve, restore and create species-rich grassland habitats Read more
  • 1.3G Support the creation of new native woodland in appropriate sites and the expansion of existing woodlands to reduce habitat fragmentation Read more
  • 1.3H Conserve and enhance native woodland through appropriate management (e.g. small-scale, traditional coppice techniques), aiming to maintain good structure and maximise biodiversity Read more
  • 1.3I Liaise with local authorities to maintain or enhance the biodiversity of roadside verges, through maintenance of appropriate and timely cutting regimes Read more

1.4 Species

  • 1.4A Identify local and national 'species at risk' within the area; prioritise and carry out surveys where necessary and work with existing datasets/risk registers on populations of rare species in the AONB Read more
  • 1.4B Develop local species recovery plans for priority 'species at risk' identified; ensuring synergy with national species recovery plans where these exist Read more
  • 1.4C Continue to support research and monitoring and encourage implementation of habitat projects for characteristic bird species such as hen harrier, merlin, peregrine, ring ouzel, lapwing, snipe, redshank and curlew; including support for relevant species recovery plans Read more
  • 1.4D Support local actions to provide suitable conditions to re-establish hen harrier as a breeding species in the AONB, in line with the government's emerging national species recovery plan Read more
  • 1.4E Investigate feasibility of establishing pilot predator control areas to reduce the impact of predators on ground-nesting bird populations (waders in particular) within the AONB Read more
  • 1.4F Play an active role in county-wide Invasive Non-native Species (INNS) projects such as 'Lancashire Invasives', to help manage and eradicate Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and Giant hogweed in the AONB Read more

1.5 Geodiversity

  • 1.5A Develop information to raise awareness and improve understanding of the geological landscape of the AONB, both on the AONB website and interpretation at appropriate viewpoints, buildings and landscape features Read more
  • 1.5B Identify potential geodiversity projects involving quarrying and civil engineering industry and local communities Read more
  • 1.5C Investigate opportunities to add existing 'geo-walks' to AONB suite of promoted routes, where appropriate Read more

1.6 Historic Environment

  • 1.6A Work closely with statutory agencies to identify designated heritage assets 'at risk' and develop management plans to facilitate the removal of assets from English Heritage's 'Heritage at Risk Register' Read more
  • 1.6B Develop bid to Heritage Lottery Fund 'Landscape Partnership Scheme' for a landscape restoration programme for Pendle Hill area Read more
  • 1.6C Develop community-based projects aiming to conserve and enhance historic features in the landscape and increase access to and understanding of the historic environment and cultural heritage (e.g. community archaeology projects) Read more
  • 1.6D Develop information to raise awareness and improve understanding of the historic environment of the AONB, both on the AONB website and interpretation at appropriate buildings and landscape features Read more
  • 1.6E Promote the use of the Historic Landscape Characterisation as a tool for understanding the wider historic environment, and to inform land management and development decision-making Read more
  • 1.6F Improve understanding and protection of the form, character and setting of historic settlements and farmsteads, conserving and enhancing their local landscape character and distinctiveness Read more

1.7 Planning and Development

  • 1.7A Review development management policy for local planning authorities in the AONB, helping to address LPAs 'duty to co-operate' and identifying differences and opportunities for greater consistency across policies Read more
  • 1.7B Develop content on AONB website (linking to pre-existing resources wherever possible) to clarify AONB's role and to offer advice and guidance in planning and landscape-related matters Read more
  • 1.7C Work with Lancashire County Council on revision of LCC supplementary planning guidance on landscape and biodiversity in light of the new National Planning Policy Framework Read more
  • 1.7D Develop design guidance (e.g. buildings, agricultural buildings, rural roads) based on the AONB Landscape Character Assessment to ensure development conserves and enhances the character of the locality Read more
  • 1.7E Continue to use and promote the AONB renewable energy position statement to offer advice and guidance to planners and developers on appropriate renewable energy development within the AONB Read more
  • 1.7F Carry out an AONB-wide wind energy landscape capacity study, considering cumulative impacts and including landscapes outside but adjacent to the AONB Read more
  • 1.7G Investigate potential development of AONB 'Dark Skies' position statement seeking to address light pollution within and surrounding the AONB Read more
  • 1.7H Continue to work with Electricity North West Ltd. on the delivery of the ENWL-funded 'Undergrounding for Visual Amenity' programme to underground visually intrusive overhead power lines in and around the AONB Read more
  • 1.7I Explore opportunities for biodiversity offsetting with local planning authorities (recognising the mechanism as a last resort after options for avoidance and on-site mitigation have been exhausted) Read more