Julian Glover Review
In May 2018 the government asked for an independent review into whether the protections for National Parks and AONBs are still fit for purpose. In particular, what might be done better, what changes will help and whether the definitions and systems in place are still valid.
The final Landscapes Review report has now been published, on 21 September 2019. It was led by Julian Glover and supported by an experienced advisory group: Lord Cameron of Dillington, Jim Dixon, Sarah Mukherjee, Dame Fiona Reynolds and Jake Fiennes. The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB Partnership has been actively involved in the process, with a visit from Sarah earlier in the year and close collaboration with the National Association for AONBs.
We are now all reviewing its findings and awaiting news on how the review will be taken forward. The report recognises that our National Parks and AONBs really are part of England's soul and that we should all care for them as such. Whilst the review recognises all of the hard work achieved since the original legislation in 1949, it highlights that much more needs to be done to help address the current pace of change. The recommendations make the case for radical and substantial reform. For the current family of 34 AONBs in England, this includes a proposed change in name to National Landscapes together with a suggested strengthening with increased funding, governance reform, new shared purposes with National Parks and a greater voice on development. The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB Partnership (Joint Advisory Committee) will be assessing the implications of the review over the coming days.
For full details of the findings of the review and its recommendations view:-
The National Association for AONBs welcomes the review panels recommendations. Their full response is here.