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Final report of Review of Designated Landscapes in Wales published

2 November 2015

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A wide-ranging review about the future of Wales’s national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) has been presented to the Welsh Government's Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant. Chaired by Professor Terry Marsden, Director of the Sustainable Places Research Institute at Cardiff University, 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 AONB,
  • strengthening the support and delivery role of other bodies,
  • the creation of a National Landscape Committee.

The Minister said that due to the considerable scale and scope of the recommendations, further work is now needed to understand their potential benefit and their consequences.

View the report on the Welsh Government website.

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