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									Cornwall AONB Partnership Business Plan 2012- 2014

Introduction



Cornwall AONB Partnership Business Plan 2012-2014

Introduction
The Cornwall AONB Partnership Business Plan 2012-2016 sets out in broad terms the key areas of work for the Cornwall AONB
Partnership and its staff unit for the next 5 years with a more detailed focus on delivery over the coming two years.


Purpose of the AONB designation

The primary purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance natural beauty.

In pursuing the primary purpose account should be taken of the needs of agriculture, forestry, other rural industries and of the economic
and social needs of local communities. Particular regard should be paid to promoting sustainable forms of social and economic
development that in themselves conserve and enhance the environment.

Recreation is not an objective of designation, but the demand for recreation should be met as far as this is consistent with the
conservation of natural beauty and the needs of agriculture, forestry and other uses.


The Cornwall AONB Management Plan 2011-2014

The Cornwall AONB Management Plan and Delivery Plan 2011-2016 has now been adopted by Cornwall Council (February 2011) and
      published.
Partnership Delivery

       Strategic work areas

                     Landscapes and Seascape
                     Planning and Development
                     Climate Change and Energy
                     Biodiversity and Geodiversity
                     Communities and Economy
                     Farming, Food and Forestry
                     Heritage
                     Rivers, Coast and Marine
                     Sustainable Tourism
                     Transport and Access
                     Communications, Interpretation and Awareness




The Cornwall AONB Partnership
The Cornwall AONB Partnership has been in existence since 2002, so it is now 9 years old. The Partnership has successfully seen the
production of two statutory Management Plans and negotiated its way through the tricky move to a Unitary Authority for Cornwall. Much
has been achieved by Partners in working towards the aims and actions of both Management Plans.

The Cornwall AONB Partnership has come a long way and has developed and matured over the years. The role of the AONB Unit is to
support the Partnership and encourage the Partnership to work together to achieve the delivery of the Management Plan.

In addition, the strategic and operational context for the Partnership has shifted significantly since 2002, notably:
     The creation of a unitary Cornwall Council
     the current economic climate means that the drive to undertake more ‘joined up’, integrated working towards shared outcomes, is
        stronger than ever
     The Coalition Government’s various initiatives relating to the natural environment, including:
            o the creation of possible new Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership
            o the introduction of Neighbourhood Plans through the Localism Bill and the National Planning Policy Framework

The main duties of an AONB Partnership are set out in the document CA24Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – A guide for AONB
partnership members. The primary role of an AONB Partnership is to plan and implement AONB management via the AONB
management plan. The make up of the Cornwall AONB, dispersed across 12 separate areas of the county, creates challenges for the
Cornwall AONB Partnership. The Partnership must maintain a strategic view of the AONB as a whole while identifying and highlighting
the management needs of individual areas. Addressing those needs has to be done at the local level, through the work of the Partners
and other organisations and individuals. The key roles for the Cornwall AONB Partnership therefore are to promote the importance of the
landscape of the AONB, to influence and advise others whose work might impact upon the AONB and to coordinate the protection and
management of the AONB according to the purposes of designation.

The Cornwall AONB Partnership is comprised of 14 different organisations

      Cornwall Agricultural Council
      Cornwall Association of Local Councils
      Cornwall Council – Environment and Planning Services
      Cornwall Rural Communities Council
      Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project (CoaST)
      Cornwall Wildlife Trust
      Countryside Landowners Association
      English Heritage
      Environment Agency
      Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group
      National Farmers Union
      Natural England
      Rural Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Partnership
      Visit Cornwall



SWOT analysis of the Cornwall AONB Partnership

This SWOT analysis is based on the return of Partners to a questionnaire in Dec 2010 about the effectiveness, strengths and
weaknesses of the Partnership

Strengths
A committed membership with well attended meetings
A good history and track record
Good past achievements in the areas of landscape character, monitoring, planning, agriculture and sustainable tourism
A good reputation and experience of AONB recognised by the public
Management Plan policies used
A good new Management Plan written with good inclusion of the public and professionals
A strategic focus

Weaknesses
A tendency to talk and not act
Partner organisations working alone
Projects developed and reported on but not necessarily because of an action in the management plan
Management Plan actions not seen as a priority for delivery
Strategic rather than projects focused

Opportunities
Leadership in landscape matters
A strategic approach
A co-ordinated approach
Learning from other AONB’s and National Parks
Influencing the development of new strategies and plans
Delivering sustainable local activity

Threats
Lack of resources
Low understanding of the benefits of the AONB
Lack of awareness of the management plan policy/ actions
Lack of co-operation/ willingness to co-operate


The way forward for the Cornwall AONB Partnership
At a special meeting of the Partnership in 2011, following the publication of the Management Plan 20111-2016, the
Partnership agreed to alter its structure to better enable delivery and so that the Partnership has a closer relationship with the
AONB Unit.

In preparation for the meeting, the Cornwall AONB Unit developed the following aspirational vision for the Cornwall AONB Partnership

             The Cornwall AONB has a fully functioning Partnership with all Partner organisations signed up and committed
              to the delivery of the Cornwall AONB Management Plan. This is achieved through policy alignment and, delivery
              mainstreamed within their own organisational plans.
             Groups of committed and enthusiastic people from Partner organisation are actively working together,, also
              drawing in other stakeholders from outside the Partnership organisations, to deliver different aspects of the Plan
             The AONB Partnership is a strong and, active Partnership, deciding on the strategic direction for the AONB, and
              directly guiding the work of the AONB Unit.
             The Partnership uses its meetings to work through difficult issues, unblock barriers to achieving agreed goals
              and take decisions.


It agreed that a task and finish group of the partners would work to discuss and recommend a new structure for the
Partnership consisting of an ‘executive’ type board which would meet more regularly, the wider Partnership coming together
to set priorities and discuss issues. Delivery would happen through a series of ‘Task and Finish’ groups which would work to
achieve specific outcomes. A draft new Terms of Reference for the Cornwall AONB partnership is included in Appendix A




Proposed new structure for the Cornwall AONB Partnership
Representation on other Partnerships and Forums




The role of the Cornwall AONB Unit
As well as delivery of the actions in the management plan, the AONB Unit is required to undertake ancilliary work to support the work of
the Partnership and to monitor the health of the AONB. Support task include the organisation of partnership and officer/ technical groups
or project groups working on behalf of the Partnership. The AONB Unit also has a role in provision of specialist advice to AONB Partners
and others with regard to landscape and planning matters. As such, staff attend a number of training courses each year, organise
guidance and training for staff in partner organisations and attend other county, regional and national forums and groups. Monitoring work
is undertaken both with regard to landscape condition, using a set of defined landscape indicators and with regard to activity toward
management actions by Partners and other organisations. The AONB Unit is also responsible for communications and marketing as set
out in the management, the dissemination of AONB information and the management of Partnership finances.

Core functions of an AONB staff unit
a) Developing, reviewing, preparing and publishing the AONB vision and the CRoW Act AONB Management Plan.


b) Raising awareness of the AONB, promoting the AONB vision and management plan to help distinguish the AONB from adjacent
countryside.

c) Advising upon, facilitating and co-ordinating implementation by others of the Management Plan


d) Advising Local Authorities on their activities within AONBs, to encourage them to go beyond normal levels of service (attain the highest
possible standards) in countryside management


e) Monitoring and reporting on progress against AONB Management Plan targets.
f) Monitoring AONB landscape condition
g) Accessing resources for management activities

h) Working with and contributing to the NAAONB activities, Participating in and promoting joint working between AONBs and across
protected landscapes family.

i) Providing a management role to co-ordinate AONB protection through the actions of the AONB unit, the AONB partnership and other
partners at a local and strategic level

j) Developing an involvement by the community in the management of the AONB.

k) Providing landscape related planning advice.




Delivery 2012 -2014


Management Plan Actions
The Plan details actions to be undertaken by Partners over the coming 5 years. The accompanying Delivery Plan sets out these actions
       into short (1-2yrs), medium (2-3 yrs) or long (4-5 yrs).

Some of the actions are relatively straightforward and can be achieved relatively quickly with little no extra resources fro example e.g.
      A/ST6 – Ensure representation from the Cornwall AONB partnership on the VisitCornwall Partnership. Others are large complex
      actions or projects which involve the co-operation of partners over a long period with significant input of resources e.g.A/CE5 -
      Develop a project to trail approaches to self sustaining and low carbon communities within the AONB…. Some actions will only be
      able to be achieved by working with other bodies, not currently members of the AONB Partnership e.g.A/CE8 Improve links
      between the Cornwall AONB Partnership and the health sector, so that the AONB can be better utilised for health benefits,
      targeting areas of health deprivation in and around the Cornwall AONB.

The local Sections of the Management Plan are a new addition to the plan and contain Guiding Principles many of which can be directly
delivered upon by Partners.


Prioritising delivery
Given limited staff and financial resources, the Partnership recognises the need to prioritise those actions and provide realism about
which actions can be delivered within the business plan period, given the current social, political and economic climate.

At the special meeting of the Partnership in Dec 2011, the Partnership discussed a list of ten specific areas of work which the Partnership
could focus on the work collaboratively over the coming 4 years, which could result in the delivery of a number of actions in the
Management Plan. The Partnership agreed on four main priorities with specific outcomes.

In addition to these 4 main areas of Partnership Activity, it is appropriate to include the core functions of the AONB Unit in planning future
work.



Strategic Priority Areas 2012-2014

1. Landscape character               2. Community              3. AONB businesses                4. West Penwith – Integrated Land
                                        Planning                                                    Management

Outcome: Landscape character         Outcome: Parishes         Outcome: The AONB                 Outcome: Strategic, integrated (across
and local distinctiveness of the     within the AONB have      designation is being used to      organisations and across social, economic
AONB are conserved and               produced community        economically benefit tourism,     and environmental areas) land
enhanced through the work of         led plans, particularly   food and drink and creative       management in an agreed geographical
Partners and will be considered      Neighbourhood Plans       industry businesses who           area with the priority focus being West
in their relevant future decision                              contribute to the local           Penwith should be seen as a pilot
making and actions.                                            distinctiveness of the AONB       approach. The work should have additional
                                                                                                  specific goal of supporting/ showing how
                                                                                                  the approach can be rolled out in other
                                                                                                  areas

Rationale: Achieving gains for       Rationale: The               Rationale: The economic         Rationale: The ending of the
character requires a joint effort    Localism Bill will be        downturn, ecosystem goods       Environmentally Sensitive Area scheme in
across a wide range of               enacted next year and        and services, the rise of and   West Penwith is a major cause for concern
organisations and AONB               it will be vital to ensure   potential joint working         and there is a need and opportunity for
considerations are not usually       AONB Parishes can            between the Local Nature        biodiversity improvement and an
mainstreamed within the policies     produce high quality         Partnership and the Local       ecosystems approach to management of
and actions of Partner               plans which deal             Enterprise Partnership          the area
organisations                        locally with AONB
                                     considerations,
                                     particularly with the
                                     Core Strategy and the
                                     NPPF being very brief

Meeting actions: A/LS1, A/LS4-6      Meeting actions              Meeting actions A/CE2,          Meeting Actions
A/FF2, A/RCM 2, A/RCM4,              A/CE4, A/CE7                 A/FF4, A/FF8, A/ST5
A/RCM5, A/ST2, A/TA1, A/TA4
&5



Activity monitoring and reporting
Part of the supporting role of the Unit will be to monitor and report on Partnership and Unit activity towards the management plan. The
delivery timetable within the business plan will provide the structure upon which partners report on progress towards actions set out at
priorities for delivery. Partners will be asked to report progress at Partnership meetings which will be compiled and produced in the form
of an annual report at the end of the financial year.

Business Plan review
The Business Plan will set out the detailed priorities for the Partnership over a two year rolling period and will be reviewed annually. The
Partnership may decide to alter the business plan based on the following
    The level of financial and human resources available and the changing picture in terms of international, national, regional and
       local legislation and policy
    The fluid nature of forces of change on the AONB landscape
    Improvements in data gathering and monitoring.
Delivery timetable

April 2012- March 2014

Project Delivery


Activity                 2012-2013                    2013-2014                 Partner Organisations
                                                                                (Lead in bold)          AONB Unit Staff lead
Cornwall AONB Local      Set up task and finish       Initiate Cornwall AONB                            Nigel Sumpter, AONB
Landscape Character      group, agree scope and       Local Landscape                                   Officer
                         initiate project             Character project
                         development
                         As part of the Cornwall      Develop pilot areas for
                         AONB Local Landscape         AONB gateway and
                         Character project explore    Rights of Way signage
                         the feasibility of AONB
                         footpath and gateway
                         signage within current
                         and new project work
                         including development of
                         an agreed strategy.
*
Community planning       Promote and publicise        Submit funding bid for
                         the Cornwall                 support for AONB
                         Neighbourhood Planning       parishes
                         Guidance produced in
                         2011/2012
                         Continue existing task
                         and finish group to
                         explore the possibility of
                         grant funding to support
                         Parishes within the
                         AONB to produce
                         Neighbourhood Plans

AONB Business            Establish an AONB
                         Business task and finish
                         group
                         Develop a food and
                           tourism project and
                           submit for RDPE funding
                           Support the inclusion of
                           Community Forestry in
                           the Fowey Valley as part
                           of a South West AONB’s
                           joint bid to HLF for a SW
                           Community Forestry
                           Project

Integrated land            Support the development     Contribute to the
management : West          of a project for West       initiation of locally
Penwith                    Penwith, with the full      supported projects with
                           involvement of local        full community
                           communities                 involvement.



Core delivery

Core functions of an AONB staff unit
a) Developing, reviewing, preparing and publishing the AONB vision and the CRoW Act AONB Management Plan.


2012-2013                                                         2013-2014


Reprint of Management Plan Summaries                              Further training needs on management plan identified and
                                                                  delivered
Distribution of Management Plan Summaries                         Attend the Royal Cornwall Show


Attend the Royal Cornwall Show                                    Maintain and enhance new website keeping it fresh and updated
                                                                  with news and information, ensure links to all relevant Partner’s
                                                                  websites
Redesign of the Cornwall AONB website                             Weekly articles in the West Briton newspaper
Weekly articles in the West Briton newspaper

c) Advising upon, facilitating and co-ordinating implementation by others of the Management Plan


Taking forward the St Agnes undergrounding scheme with Western         Promote the St Agnes scheme
Power Distribution
Working with VisitCornwall and CoaST to input into the review of       Implement Cornwall AONB aspects of Cornwall Tourism Strategy
Cornwall’s tourism Strategy and to integrate the Cornwall AONB
Sustainable Tourism Strategy within it
Continue to work with the Linking the Lizard Partnership to            Continue to work with the Linking the Lizard Partnership to
implement land management and sustainability initiatives on the        implement land management and sustainability initiatives on the
Lizard                                                                 Lizard
Steer the LNP capacity building project and continue active            Support the fledgling LNP in setting priority and strategy for
involvement in the Local Nature Partnership                            Cornwall’s landscape and environment



d) Advising Local Authorities on their activities within AONBs, to encourage them to go beyond normal levels of service (attain
the highest possible standards) in countryside management


Publication and adoption of a Rural Highways Protocol that covers      Implementation of the Rural Highways Protocol on all schemes
both rural roads and rural rights of way.                              within the AONB, deliver training for officers

Advice on the development of the A30 (planned dualling over            Advice on the development of the A30 (planned dualling over
western Bodmin Moor) consistent with the principles of the Rural       Bodmin Moor) consistent with the principles of the Rural
Highways Protocol.                                                     Highways Protocol.
Sit on the Cornwall Green Infrastructure Steering group and input      Integrate the Cornwall GI strategy with a landscape strategy for
into the Cornwall GI strategy                                          the Cornwall AONB
Continue to define, develop and promote the Landscape Sensitivity      Input into the development of the Marine Plan and participate in a
Toolkit, including development of historic and biodiversity elements   new Maritime Forum for Cornwall

Input and comment into the Cornwall design Guide regarding             Conservation and enhancement of local landscape character in
conservation and enhancement of local landscape character in the       the AONB promoted through the Cornwall design Guide.
AONB

e) Monitoring and reporting on progress against AONB Management Plan targets.
3 year Annual review document printed and distributed                   Annual report produced as PDF
Monitoring reports submitted for each Partnership meeting               Monitoring reports submitted for each Partnership meeting


f) Monitoring AONB landscape condition
Scoping review of Cornwall, Tamar Valley and Isles of Scilly AONB       Undertake monitoring on 2007 landscape baseline and produce a
Joint Monitoring Project (2007) and recommendations for further         report on landscape change for the AONb
monitoring work in 2013/14


g) Accessing resources for management activities

Attend the steering group for the development of a Landscapes           Participate in project initiation and delivery
Partnerships bid for West Penwith; appoint and steer Project
Development Officer
Develop a broad based landscape character project for the               Initiate delivery of the landscape character project for the
Cornwall AONB                                                           Cornwall AONB
RDPE project – Cornwall AONB extension to South West Coast              Unlocking our Coastal Heritage outputs completed, training
Path ‘ Unlocking our Coastal Heritage’ – delivery team established      provided and publicity generated
and project initiated
RDPE Project: Food and Tourism in the AONB – Project
development
Atlantic Coast and Valleys steering group: Support the use of
remaining funds to develop a slate trails project and/ or habitat
improvement project for the large blue butterfly
Explore the possibility of an application to Big Lottery fund for the
production and delivery of neighbourhood plans within AONB
parishes
SWPLF Community Forestry

Act as the accountable body and steering partner for the 1SW            Cycle access improved in a manner that respects local landscape
Cycle Hub Project to develop improved cycle trails around Loe           character.
Pool and between Helston and Porthleven on the Lizard


h) Working with and contributing to the NAAONB activities, Participating in and promoting joint working between AONBs and
across protected landscapes family.
Attend NAAONB meetings –regional Chairs meetings, lead officers
business meeting topic groups inc communications, planning and
monitoring


Submit 1 article for Outstanding


Submit examples of best practice and projects to the NAAONB/
SWPLF website
Participation in online discussion forums and consultations using
‘basecamp’ networking

Maintain membership of Europarc – attend relevant meetings and
training events


i) Providing a management role to co-ordinate AONB protection through the actions of the AONB unit, the AONB partnership
and other partners at a local and strategic level

Hold 2/ 3 major Partnership meetings annually


Initiate and hold 6 executive board meetings annually


Initiate and administer the following Partnership task and finish
groups: AONB Businesses; AONB Community Planning; West
Penwith Integrated land management; AONB Landscape
Character
Carry out staff appraisals and staff development


j) Developing an involvement by the community in the management of the AONB.

Use the local chapters as part of the management plan review to     Potential projects, partners and delivery mechanisms identified
prepare ground for possible community led projects to be            and preparations made for delivery.
developed in subsequent financial years and also delivered within
other project areas such as neighbourhood planning and local
landscape character.


Promote the AONB to communities through talks, events and
activities


Develop links with community planning process within Cornwall
Council, Cornwall Rural Communities Council and Cornwall
Association of Local Councils and seek to co-ordinate/ overview
this activity within the AONB


Develop a trail neighbourhood plan with an AONB parish


k) Providing landscape related planning advice.
Influence and input into the new Cornwall Council Local
Development Framework and associated planning guidance


Implement the Cornwall AONB Planning Protocol - to be signed by
the Cornwall Council, Natural England and the Cornwall AONB
Staff Unit


Undertake training on the AONB management plan for planning
officers and local authority planning committee members and
Parish Councils


Respond to planning consultations in line with agreed Protocol


Support the Local Authority in necessary appeals for major
developments where the AONB has been grounds for refusal
Provide support and co-ordinate planning responses in line with
agreed planning protocol including:-


Maintain data base on planning application consultations and
monitor of planning decisions within the Cornwall AONB.




Source application details and liaise with planning officers on
timetable for response;


Co-ordinate and submit responses utilising the on line planning
system;


Assist with the facilitation of protected landscape planning training
and other support for community groups, officers and councillors;


Assist in the sourcing of material to use as evidence to support
planning policy or development management work;




Delivery Development for next business plan period

								
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