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Landscapes Review Published

Sunday, 29 September 2019 08:21

The heart of the Forest of Dean The heart of the Forest of Dean Richard Lloyd

 

29 September 2019

The eagerly awaited final report on future directions for England’s National Parks and AONBs was published on 20th September. The report titled Landscapes Review and its proposals are the outcome of an independent review commissioned by the government in May 2018 and led by an expert panel chaired by Julian Glover.

National CPRE made a comprehensive submission to a consultation and CPRE Gloucestershire made a separate submission relating to the future of the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds AONB.

CPRE has warmly welcomed the report which makes many recommendations that chime with CPRE’s aspirations for the future of these iconic landscapes. The report can be downloaded below, together with a copy of the national press release.

For Gloucestershire:

We are pleased that the Review has endorsed the strong case made over many years that the Forest of Dean should be designated as an AONB. The Forest of Dean was one of the areas originally recommended for designation in the reports which led to the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act and the provisions for AONB designation. A copy of our campaign brochure can be downloaded below.

The Review has also recommended that the Cotswolds AONB should be considered as a strong candidate for National Park status reflecting case put forward by the Cotswolds Conservation Board and supported by CPRE Gloucestershire.

We now await the government’s response.

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