AONB management plan

The AONB’s Joint Committee has responsibility to produce a management plan as required by Section 89 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CRoW) 2000, and to ensure it is reviewed every five years.

A new management plan has been prepared by the Cannock Chase AONB Partnership, working on behalf of the area's five local authorities. The plan covers the period from April 2019 to March 2024.

The drafting of the plan was informed by discussions and workshops held with many stakeholders and partners during 2017 and 2018.

Public consultation was carried out between 9 November 2018 and 11 January 2019.

In particular views were sought on:

The area's character, 'special qualities' - have we identified what makes the area distinctive and special to you?
What needs to be done - have we identified the right policies and actions that would most benefit the landscape and its communities over the coming 5 years?

A report was produced outlining the responses received and how these were addressed (182KB) and a revised management plan for 2019-2024 produced.  Both were approved at the Cannock Chase Joint Committee meeting in early 2019.

A revised management plan was produced following a review in March 2019.

In line with the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive and Habitat Regulations, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment have been carried out to support the management plan review.

The State of the AONB report provides the evidence base to underpin the new AONB Management Plan.

Following adoption of the plan by the area's five local authorities, the new plan was published in April 2019:

Previous plans

Digital copies available on request:

  • AONB Management Plan 2014-19
  • AONB Management Plan 2009-14
  • AONB Management Plan 2004-09