Management Plan: Public Consultation

Please note the High Weald AONB Management Plan consultation is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who gave feedback on the draft High Weald AONB Management Plan 2024-2029.

Your feedback will help shape how this precious landscape is conserved and enhanced for future generations.

What happens next?

A consultation report will be produced for approval at the High Weald Joint Advisory Committee meeting in March 2024. This report will be available on this website after the meeting.

Following adoption of the Plan by the area’s 15 local authorities, the new Plan will be published in late spring 2024

Have your say on the future of the High Weald…

The High Weald AONB Management Plan is the single most important document for the area. There is a statutory duty to review it every five years.

It sets out a vision for the kind of place we want the High Weald to be in years to come and, crucially, some of the activities that a range of organisations and local people could take to achieve that vision.

This year, a new Plan is being prepared by the High Weald AONB Partnership, working on behalf of the area’s 15 local authorities.

The new Plan will run from March 2024 to March 2029.

The Plan is informed by research and the many conversations the Partnership has had with organisations, farmers, businesses, charities, community groups and residents over the last 30 years. In 2022 we also undertook a public survey to gauge opinions on introducing new topics into the Plan.

Now we want to know what you think of the draft Plan

Between Monday 25 September and Sunday 5 November we will be collecting your feedback on the draft High Weald AONB Management Plan 2024-2029.

How to provide your feedback:

We have prepared an online consultation form asking for your opinion on various sections of the draft Plan.

You can save your progress and return to complete the form at any time during the consultation window (you will need to input your email address to use this function).

Each question contains a hyperlink to the relevant section of the Plan; alternatively you can download the draft Plan in its entirety below.

Prefer to respond offline?

Simply download the consultation questions below – along with the draft Plan – and email your comments to plancomments@highweald.org.

If you have any problems accessing the consultation form or require a hard copy, please get in touch and we will assist you:

Plancomments@highweald.org

01424 723011

Supporting documents

We are also seeking comment on the Management Plan’s supporting technical documents:

  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment
  • Equality Impact Assessment

If you would like to comment on these documents, you can access them using the link below. Please send any comments to plancomments@highweald.org.