From:                              Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty <> on behalf of Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty <>

Sent:                               15 December 2016 13:45

To:                                   PC - Mawnan

Subject:                          Tir Teg - Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - Winter 2016





We have moved!

It's been a busy and productive year at the Cornwall AONB Unit.  We've been involved in lots of projects and events throughout the year and this newsletter provides a brief round-up of the latest work we are involved in.  We've also just moved offices, just across the car park. 

Our new postal address is Cornwall AONB Unit, Top Floor F3, Circuit House, St Clement Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1DT.  Emails and telephone numbers remain the same.

We take this opportunity to wish all our AONB friends and supporters an enjoyable, restful and peaceful Festive Season and New Year.


New Management Plan 2016-2021

photo credit: Emma Coster

After extensive consultation, drafting, editing and more editing, the new 5 Year Cornwall AONB Management Plan (2016-21) is here!  The Plan focusses on 'People' and 'Place' and lists 26 actions for delivery by the Cornwall AONB Partnership over the next 5 years.  In addition to the Actions, there is a Strategic 'Policies' section to direct best practice management across the whole of the AONB.  Also a 'Local' section detailing the landscape characteristics that makes each local area special and unique. 

To celebrate the launch of the new Plan, the 25 member organisations of the Cornwall AONB Partnership met at the beautiful Porthcurnick Beach near St Mawes on the Roseland, and also discussed priorities for collaborative working to deliver the 26 actions.  Read more

Printed copies are limited, but you can 'flick' through the pages of each section via our website


Cornwall Local Plan

In November, Cornwall Council formally adopted The Cornwall Local Plan, which provides a planning policy framework for Cornwall for the period up to 2030.

The Cornwall Local Plan sets out a vision for growth and identifies the quantity and broad location and key sites, for new housing, community facilities, shops and employment. Its policies will be the basis for planning decisions.

The Cornwall AONB Unit are pleased with the final version of the document and the commensurate weight that it applies to the AONB status. Planning law requires that development must be determined in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise, it is welcomed that the development plan for Cornwall applies ‘great weight’ to the AONB and seeks to ‘protect and where possible enhance Cornwall’s natural environment and assets according to their international, national and local significance’.

It is important to remember this weighting when applications are assessed in the overall planning balance. As we know, not all planning policies pull in the same direction, and as it is the requirement to assess the development plan policies as whole, we then need to consider how much weight is applied to each policy, and which policy has greater weight than others in the overall decision making process.

The AONB is a national designation, the ‘great weight’ applied to conserving its natural beauty is therefore of national importance, hence why the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) through paragraph 115 applies ‘the highest status of protection ….’. This weighting can often get forgotten about.

The AONB Unit are now working with the planning policy team in Cornwall Council to develop a Supplementary Planning Document that provides guidance on how we use the Local Plan policies to assess proposals impacting upon the AONB, how we apply ‘great weight’ and how we assess if development will ‘conserve or enhance’ the natural beauty of the Cornwall AONB. It is anticipated that the SPD will be out for consultation early next year.

More information about why we need a Local Plan and its purpose is available here.


Operation AONBee

The Cornwall AONB Unit now have two pollinator related projects in development.

Both projects will be seeking to bring together land owners and communities to create flower-rich habitats for iconic bees in hot-spots across the AONB.

We’ve recently welcomed Dr Grace Twiston-Davies from the Environment and Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter to the AONB for a 6 month NERC Internship.  Read more

Grace is working on our Farms for AONBees pollinator project. Through our partnership network, we will be working with farmers in the AONB to help enhance the Cornish landscape for pollinators. Using the University’s Bumble BEEHAVE computer model, we will be able to replicate the foraging and colony survival of bees on farm land and predict where bees are feeding and what they are feeding on. This will help us understand how this effects their health, survival and the pollination they provide. By working with land managers, advisors and farmers with this computer model we can make tailor-made management recommendations to help them decide on the best options and locations for pollinator conservation to increase both pollinators and pollination. If you’re interested in participating in this project please contact or Tel: 01872 327482