Action plan

1.6 Historic Environment
Action Targets and Timescales Key Partner(s) Activities Status Flag
1.6B Develop bid to Heritage Lottery Fund 'Landscape Partnership Scheme' for a landscape restoration programme for Pendle Hill area
Complete Stage 1 Bid planning
2015
Submit Stage 1 bid
2015
If successful:
2016
Commence development phase
2017
Submit Stage 2 bid
2017-18
Commence LPS delivery
6 Ongoing View
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)
Develop 6 community-based local heritage projects
2019
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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
Develop 'block' for heritage within AONB website
2015
Investigate opportunities for further use of mobile app technologies for interpretation of the historic environment
2015
Develop and Install on-site interpretation for at least 3 historic features in the landscape
2019
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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
Hold 'planning and development' seminar aimed at LPA officers/members to update on latest guidance.
2014
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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
Re-convene meeting of LPA officers to discuss development of design guidance (buildings, roads and road furniture etc)
2015
First design guidance note produced
2016
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1.7 Planning and Development
Action Targets and Timescales Key Partner(s) Activities Status Flag
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
Complete review of development management policies for the AONB
2014
4 Ongoing View
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
Develop AONB 'planning & development' webpage
2015
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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
Meeting held with LCC Landscape and Ecology
2014
Respond to consultation on revised planning guidance
2014
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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
Re-convene meeting of LPA officers to discuss development of design guidance
2015
First design guidance note produced
2016
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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
Review and update position statement, where necessary
2014
Hold 'planning and development' seminar aimed at LPA officers/members to update on latest guidance.
2014
1 Revise View
1.7F Carry out an AONB-wide wind energy landscape capacity study, considering cumulative impacts and including landscapes outside but adjacent to the AONB
Secure funding for study
2015
Study published
2016
1 Revise View
1.7G Investigate potential development of AONB 'Dark Skies' position statement seeking to address light pollution within and surrounding the AONB
Hold meeting for interested organisations to develop position statement
2016
If agreed, position statement published
2017
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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
Ensure full expenditure of funding allocation for UVA for Ofgem DPCR-05 period (2010 – 2015)
2015
Deliver at least 2 UVA projects per year under Ofgem RIIO-ED1 (2015 -2023)
Annually
6 Ongoing View
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)
Hold 'planning and development’ seminar to discuss opportunities for biodiversity offsetting within the AONB.
2014
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2.1 Farming and Land Management
Action Targets and Timescales Key Partner(s) Activities Status Flag
2.1A Provide appropriate support and guidance on landscape, biodiversity and access for farmers and land managers who deliver agri-environment scheme agreements
Advice provided for at least 6 agri-environment scheme agreements per year
Annually
2 Ongoing View
2.1B Continue to support the development of the 'Bowland Land Managers Forum' to represent the land management sector locally, regionally and nationally (e.g. influencing the development and implementation of local rural development programmes in Lancashire and North Yorkshire)
Hold 4 meetings per year (min.)
Annually
Forum members nominated for proposed RDPE/LEADER Local Action Group(s) covering the AONB
2015
3 Ongoing View
2.1C Disseminate information on the work of the Bowland Land Managers Forum to wider audience within the land management sector
Hold biennial meeting for wider land management sector partners.
Biennially
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2.1D Develop collaborative land management projects involving farmers and major landowners in the AONB (e.g. restoration of black grouse/grey partridge, pilot predator control areas for ground-nesting birds, woodfuel, training & apprenticeships)
Develop at least 2 collaborative land management projects.
2019
3 Ongoing View
2.1E Carry out monitoring and recording of environmental benefits achieved through agri-environment schemes to inform other farmers and non farmers on the benefits from upland hill farming
Develop monitoring programme in liaison with Bowland Land Managers Forum
2015
Establish baseline conditions
2017 & 2019
Biennial survey work carried out
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2.1F Work with Natural England and Defra to develop landscape-specific management options and agreements for the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS)
Commence discussions amongst key partners
2014
If appropriate, proposal developed for Bowland landscape-specific management options and agreements under NELMS.
2014-2015
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2.1G Develop funding bids to support training and apprenticeships programme in countryside management and traditional rural skills
Forum meeting held to discuss potential for training and apprenticeships programme
2015
Development of funding bid to rural development/growth funding programmes, where available and appropriate
2016
4 Ongoing View
2.1H Support the development of local woodfuel economy, linked to improved woodland management and focusing on smaller and less-accessible sites
Commission research to collate evidence of existing and past traditional woodland management in the AONB
2014
Hold woodland management seminar/field visit
2014
Secure funding for at least 1 pilot 'woodfuel' project in the AONB
2016
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2.1I Broker discussions with Natural England on future direction of moorland management in Bowland, particularly in relation to grazing and burning/cutting regimes and bracken control
Hold AONB 'Upland Management ' seminar
2015
1 Ongoing View
2.1J Support Lancashire Fire Operations Group (FOG) to encourage good practice in upland heather burning by providing training opportunities for land managers in the AONB
Lancashire FOG contributes to AONB 'Upland Management ' seminar
2015
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2.2 Local Economy and Rural Services
Action Targets and Timescales Key Partner(s) Activities Status Flag
2.2A Play an active role in Local Enterprise Partnerships' developing rural agendas e.g. rural growth and development programmes
Invite LEP Chair and Board Members to visit AONB
2014
BEx/Sustainable Tourism Forum members nominated for proposed RDPE/LEADER Local Action Group(s) covering the AONB
2015
1 Ongoing View
2.2B Maintain and update existing databases of information on local producers, tourism businesses, artists and craftspeople
Database checked and updated
Annually
1 Ongoing View
2.2C Continue to support Bowland Experience Ltd
Provide business-to-business support, advice, training and networking for 100 tourism operators and businesses in and around the AONB
2019
Develop and maintain 5 'good practice' web resources for businesses via BEx website
2019
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2.2D To support and encourage businesses to be 'Sustainable Tourism Partners' in the AONB
Establish criteria for 'Sustainable Tourism Partners'
2014
Develop a mentoring system to be offered by 'sustainable tourism partners' to support new businesses.
2016
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2.2E Continue to recruit businesses to GTBS or other recognised green accreditation schemes
Maintain annual membership of 30 businesses for green accreditation schemes in and around the AONB
Annually
Organise one annual event to showcase green accredited businesses (e.g. Green Tourism Week)
Annually
4 Ongoing View
2.2F Develop an effective way of collecting and disseminating tourism related data for the AONB
Collate and analyse tourism data annually.
2019
Develop visitor profiles
Disseminate information to partners annually
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