Natural England has now been asked to write the targeting statements for each of the 159 target areas. These form one part of the package of information that will be provided to potential applicants to the scheme, and they aim to concisely set out the high level priorities for the scheme in each target area. We have been helped in writing these by Forestry Commission, Environment Agency. A two week period of consultation on the draft statements took place during November 2014 but the comment gathering has now closed. The Cornwall AONB offered their website as a conduit for displaying the draft statements and to provide the links for the comment gathering.
The wording in the targeting statements must meet the government’s Smarter Guidance rules. Therefore providing limited opportunity to check and suggest changes to the content of the statements: and limited to checking for any inaccuracy, and suggesting additional opportunities for achieving multiple priority outcomes in the local landscape.
There is no opportunity to amend the standard text, nor the targeting methodology as set out in the national targeting paper. The targeting statements will contain lists of the priority features in each area - these are not intended to be exhaustive lists - and how management for certain features will be targeted. The statements will not include a map of targeted features; maps will be available later as part of the wider package of information and IT support to scheme applicants.
The draft target area statements are available here:
Due to the large amount of work involved and the restricted timescale, Natural England cannot take any further comments on the drafts.
Following the comment gathering, Natural England is now compiling the final versions.
If you have any questions please contact David Appleton at Natural England.