Partnership Plan Review
National Park Authorities have a duty to prepare a 5 yearly Management Plan (the Partnership Plan), and keep this under review.
In 2012, the current Plan - 'Working Together for Exmoor' - was published and set out a series of priorities and actions under the three headings of 'A thriving, living landscape', 'Connecting people and place', and 'Towards a sustainable future'. The Plan is for the National Park as a whole, not just the National Park Authority, and over 100 community, voluntary, public sector and business organisations helped to develop the Partnership Plan, and have been working together since then to help deliver the priorities identified.
We are now beginning to develop a new plan that will shape our work and that of our partners for the period 2018 to 2022.
The State of the Park Report is an important source of information for the National Park Partnership Plan. It monitors the National Park’s special qualities and helps to identify the issues and trends affecting them. The State of the Park Report is now being reviewed and updated to feed into the next Partnership Plan.
The aim is to produce a new Exmoor National Park Partnership Plan for adoption in December 2017. This will involve working closely with all our partners, as well as consultation with the wider public. The key stages are:
- Autumn/winter 2016 – discussion on State of the Park trends and issues and public opinion survey
- Spring/early summer 2017 – work with partners to agree the overall Ambitions for the next 5 years and develop the draft Partnership Plan
- Summer 2017 – consult on draft Partnership Plan
- December 2017 – adopt Partnership Plan
What’s happened so far?
Over the last few months we have been gathering evidence regarding the ‘State of the National Park’ to make sure that we understand how the special qualities that Exmoor was designated for are faring. We ran a survey to gauge public opinions regarding the special qualities and a number of issues. We had over 900 responses, so thank you to everyone who completed the survey and congratulations to the lucky winner of the hamper of Exmoor produce. We have also been talking to a wide range of partners through our Partnership Plan groups who having been helping to deliver the current Plan. This mix of evidence, opinions and discussion is helping to shape the next Plan.
Some of the key facts and issues about the State of the Park are available here.
The results of the public opinion survey are also available
Over the next few months we will be developing the draft Plan along with our delivery partners including holding some workshops.
The timetable for preparation and adoption of the plan is:
April - June 2017
Develop the draft Plan, working with partners and stakeholders
July – Sept 2017
Consult on draft Partnership Plan
Oct – Nov 2017
Revise draft Partnership Plan based on consultation responses
Final Partnership Plan adopted by Exmoor National Park Authority
The 2 documents below were produced to assess the impact of the ENPA 2012-2017 Partnership Plan