Management Plan Review 2024

Management Plan review – an introduction

A National Landscape is an area that is so precious that it is safeguarded for the nation; for us. It is the everyday name for what is set out in legislation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Such areas are given protection under the law to conserve and enhance their natural beauty. The Malvern Hills National Landscape is one of 46 such designated areas within England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There is a legal duty to prepare a management plan for the Malvern Hills National Landscape (AONB) and to review this plan every five-years. This management plan is an important document that sets out the vision for the area and the priorities for its management. It influences the activities of many people and organisations and can also be used to direct and draw in resources.  

The Malvern Hills National Landscape Partnership is now reviewing the current management plan.

Issues and priorities online consultation (powered by SnapSurveys)

The issues and priorities consultation is an early part of the process to review the management plan for the Malvern Hills National Landscape. We would like to hear from as many people as possible about what they think are the greatest threats or challenges likely to affect the Malvern Hills National Landscape during the next five years, and what should be done about them. We also want to know what people most value about the Malvern Hills National Landscape.

If you would like to take part in this short survey, please click here .

Please submit all consultation responses by 5pm on 15th March 2024.

Please note, before submitting the questionnaire you will be asked if you wish to receive further communications from Worcestershire County Council (the National Landscape Team is hosted by the Council) about the management plan review and given the option to provide your name, email address and postcode to be used for this purpose. No other personal data is captured by the questionnaire.

Worcestershire County Council is a “Controller” for data protection legislation purposes (including the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR).  Find out more about how the Council will handle your data in our full Privacy Notice and service specific Planning Policy Privacy Notice (last updated November 2023) at Hard copies of this can also be provided on request.

If you have any specific questions or comments you can contact the Malvern Hills National Landscape Team on or 01905 845057.

Management Plan Review Timetable

Online survey to gather initial comments and viewsFebruary 2024A general call for comments
Identify main sections of current plan requiring update and / or the need for new sectionsMarch-April 2024Internal review
Collate community viewsReview of published statements
Prepare and agree a framework for assessing whether the new  plan will have any detrimental effects on the environment (the Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report)Consultation with Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency
Publish a report that looks at how the landscape has changed over the past 5 years (the State of the National Landscape Report)By the Partnership
Run a workshop with partnership members to review the existing plan and identify new priorities26 April 2024Partnership agreement
Consult specialist groups to review the policies in the current plan and identify the emerging strategic priorities for the new plan to addressApril-May 2024Targeted consultations
Identify the key issues, aims and objectives for the new plan to addressPrepare a first draft of the new planIdentify, describe and evaluate any significant environmental effects that might arise if the draft new management plan is implemented, and consider any reasonable alternative approaches ( the draft Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report)May-June 2024Internal review
Public consultation on new draft planJuly-September 2024A general call for comments
Consult the environmental bodies on the findings in the draft Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental ReportConsultation with Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency
Consult a range of specialist groups chosen by topicTargeted consultations
Partnership members to agree the draft plan15 Nov 2024Partnership agreement
Send the approved draft plan to Natural England for formal observationsNovember 2024Consultation with Natural England
Consider findings from the consultations and amend the planJanuary-February 2025Internal review
Seek approval by the Local Authorities and the Partnership Chair for the new management plan to be adoptedStatutory agreement
Produce and publish the new management planFebruary-March 2025By the Partnership
As required by law, send a copy of the adopted management plan to the Secretary of State for informationPublish a statement setting out how any concerns that arose during the environmental assessment of the new management plan were addressed (the Strategic Environmental Assessment compliance statement)By end March 2025By the Partnership