This consultation is now closed.

Help shape the future of the Kent Downs AONB

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The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a nationally protected landscape and home to some of the most enchanting countryside in Britain.

The Kent Downs covers about a quarter of the County of Kent focusing on the North Downs and the Greensand Ridge, stretching from the White Cliffs of Dover to the Surrey and London borders. 

The Kent Downs AONB Management Plan 2020-2025 will provide the strategy for conserving and enhancing the Kent Downs.

The Draft Plan is now available for public consultation giving you the chance to have your say before it is finalised, published and implemented. Your views will help us conserve the landscape for future generations while ensuring that today’s residents and visitors can all benefit from connection with the natural environment in an amazing landscape.

The Draft Plan was prepared before the Covid-19 pandemic and it will be important to consider how it should respond to the crisis. The consultation questionnaire  provides the opportunity for you to tell us any key considerations you think we should take into account.

The Draft Plan (either as a whole document or individual chapters) is available to view and download from the 'Documents' section below, along with the Environment Report and Sustainability Appraisal and Equality Impact Assessment

Microsoft Word versions of the key consultation documents are available on our Word Documents page

Highlights

The Draft Plan focuses on conserving and enhancing the landscape through:

  • Building climate resilience, mitigating climate change, and helping to achieve net carbon zero
  • Nature recovery and biodiversity enhancements
  • Sustainable development – supporting our social, economic and environmental needs whist protecting the needs of future generations
  • Access and inclusivity – helping more people enjoy the landscape, including more people from currently underrepresented groups in a way that benefits people, protects nature, and enables the management of the landscape to continue successfully
  • Supporting health and wellbeing for all.

How did we write the Draft Plan?

This Draft Plan has been in development for two years and is the result of working with our partners and listening to our communities:

  • 1,000+ people told us what was important to them
  • 50 partners and our Joint Advisory Committee gathered data and shared expertise. Our partners include Countryside Partnerships, the Country Parks teams and Public Rights of Way officers, Local Authorities, the Kent Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, the National Trust, Plantlife, and Butterfly Conservation
  • 878 square kilometres of hills, woods, rivers, coast, chalk grassland, and pastures were surveyed and assessed to create the accompanying Landscape Character Assessment which details what is special about each of the 13 unique areas within the Kent Downs AONB.

What happens after the consultation?

Following the end of the consultation we will publish a consultation report, which will include an analysis of the consultation feedback and Kent Downs AONB Unit’s response to this. This will be published on this page. The Management Plan will be finalised and published later in 2020.

Keep up to date with news and events in the Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty by joining our email list.

The Kent Downs AONB Unit is considering establishing a Citizen’s Panel. Register to take part.   

Alternative formats: If you require any of the consultation material in an alternative format or language please email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 42 15 53 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 42 15 53). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

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Timeline

  • Opened
    14 Jul 2020 at 10:00
  • Closed
    7 Sep 2020 at 23:59

Consultation Documents

Details

Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
  • Other
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council and Kent Downs AONB
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Dartford
  • Dover
  • Gravesham
  • Maidstone
  • Medway
  • Sevenoaks
  • Folkestone and Hythe
  • Swale
  • Thanet
  • Tonbridge & Malling
  • Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Arts, culture, sport and leisure
  • Environment and countryside
  • Public rights of way
Consultation Methods
  • Online survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
Contact Details

If you have any questions regarding this consultation please contact the Kent Downs AONB team on mail@kentdowns.org.uk or call us on 01303 815170.