Review of the Forest of Bowland AONB Management Plan

AONB Management Plans are statutory plans.  They provide a framework for ensuring delivery of the statutory purpose for AONBs, that of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the landscape.

The Management Plan also helps guide the work of the AONB Partnership.

The Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 requires relevant local authorities to produce and adopt a plan which formulates policy for the management of the area and review it every five years. The first statutory AONB Management Plan was produced in 2004 and has subsequently been reviewed and revised every five years as required by the CROW Act 2000.

The current Management Plan published in 2014 is now due for review.

The Forest of Bowland AONB Joint Advisory Committee has committed to undertake the review on behalf of the eight local authorities in the area, Craven District Council, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster City Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Pendle Borough Council, Preston City Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council and Wyre Council.

A review group has been established comprising representation from the local authorities, Natural England and AONB staff. The Joint Advisory Committee has delegated responsibility for managing the review process to a review group, which will report regularly to the AONB Joint Advisory Committee during the review.

Summary Report for the AONB Management Plan Online Survey

During spring 2018, the AONB Unit carried out a short online survey to gather general information from respondents on what they most value about the AONB, what might be improved and offer thoughts on the priorities for the on-going review of the AONB Management Plan.

The summary report for this survey can be downloaded here.

Draft Forest of Bowland AONB Management Plan 2019-24: Public Consultation

You are invited to comment on the Draft AONB Management Plan, from now until 18th January 2019. Please use the on-line consultation response form, accessed via the link below, to submit your comments.

You will need to consider the Draft Forest of Bowland AONB Management Plan 2019-24 before making your response available here. The document is also available at the AONB Offices in Dunsop Bridge and Clitheroe.

Please note, anonymous comments cannot be accepted. Also, any comments made cannot be treated as confidential as these need to be publically available. However, contact details will not be made available to view by the public.

Please see our Privacy Notice for details on how we deal with personal information.

If you have any questions, please contact us on 01200 448000 or e-mail