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The review of designated landscapes in Wales

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A wide-ranging review about the future of Wales’s national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).
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An independent review to ensure that Wales’ designated landscapes are equipped to meet current and future challenges.

On the 29 September 2014 the Minister for Natural Resources commissioned an Independent Panel to conduct a review of designated landscapes in Wales.

The review started at the end of 2014 and was conducted in 2 stages. The review panel was chaired by Professor Terry Marsden of Cardiff University with John Lloyd Jones and Dr Ruth Williams as members.

The Independent Review of Designated Landscapes in Wales makes 69 recommendations covering a raft of proposals and observations on purposes, principles, vision, governance models, planning, and funding.

The recommendations include:

  • making no change to the name or legal status of national parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)
  • strengthening the support and delivery role of other bodies
  • the creation of a National Landscape Committee.

Due to the considerable scale and scope of the recommendations, further work is now needed to understand their potential benefit and their consequences.

Lord Dafydd Ellis-Thomas AM will lead a Future Landscapes Working Group, involving representatives of the national parks, AONBs, interest groups, business, and local government to participate.  

The group will explore these recommendations and report their findings in 2016.

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