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The review of designated landscapes in Wales

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A wide-ranging review about the future of Wales’s national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).
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‘Future Landscapes: Delivering for Wales’ is the outcome of the review of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks in Wales.

The Independent Review of Designated Landscapes in Wales, commissioned by the Welsh Government, reported in the summer of 2015. This report made many recommendations covering proposals and observations on purposes, principles, vision, governance models, planning and funding.

Following this report, a Future Landscapes Wales Working Group, chaired by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, was established. Their purpose was to explore the Marsden recommendations and the case for change and to report their findings. The Working Group involved representatives of the national parks, AONBs, interest groups and businesses.  

On 09 May 2017 the ‘Future Landscapes: Delivering for Wales’ report was published. The proposals set the designated landscapes on a path to drive the sustainable management of natural resources in their areas and working beyond their current boundaries. It draws on the strengths and opportunities of genuine partnership and collaboration. In doing so, it advocates greater flexibility in structures in order to meet the needs of places and communities.