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Management Plan

Front cover of Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan

The 2018-2023 Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan guides decision making in our nationally important landscape.

The Plan was developed in consultation with environmental, commercial, agricultural, and community interests.

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) requires local authorities to review management plans for AONBs every five years.

The AONB Partnership organisations sign a commitment to implement the plan, and agree to share a common vision for the long term care of the AONB.

The current management plan is available to download:

If you would like to be posted a copy of the Management Plan please email us.

On Saturday 24th March 2018 John Grant, Environment section editor, wrote an article to launch the public consultation (PDF) of the 2018-23 Management Plan, summarising what the Plan sets out to do.

Management Plan Addendum

Following the confirmation by order of the Secretary of State for the Environment the Coast & Heaths AONB was extended on 7 July 2020.

This addendum is provided to the existing AONB management plan to cover the newly designated area and includes information on the purpose of the AONB designation, mapping of the extended AONB and management plan objectives.

It was endorsed by AONB Partnership members at its meeting on 11 December 2020.

2023-2028 Management Plan

Have your say on the future of the Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!

As part of our work towards the new 2023-2028 Management Plan for the Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we are currently seeking feedback on the proposed plans for the future of our special landscape, which is due to be published later in 2023.

We would like your comments on the draft version of the next Management Plan which is now available as part of the formal public consultation.