Planning and management of Hampshire's landscape

Land Management Planning

Land Management Planning

The land is managed by a huge number of individuals and organisations with many differing aspirations; often with limited resources, often not co-ordinated across land holding boundaries; often at the mercy of market forces and support systems. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the landscape of Hampshire has evolved into something highly distinctive where the patterns and footprints of past activities can still be read in the landscape of today. Land management planning is about recognising the need for change whilst ensuring that what makes the landscape unique is not lost.

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Hampshire's Strategic Land Management Plan

Hampshire’s first strategic land management plan was 'The Hampshire Landscape: a strategy for the future' published in 2000

It set a standard for basing decisions about land management on an understanding of landscape character and set out guidelines for the future management of each landscape type in the County. View a summary of The Hampshire Landscape;a strategy for the future.

You can download the whole strategy or document sections.

Document sections


National Park Management Plans

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The approach evolved with the statutory requirement to produce Management Plans for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks  Which resulted in the publication of Management Plans for every English AONB in 2004.

Current plans for National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Hampshire are

The Management Plans were written with the close involvement of a large number of people representing a broad spectrum of interests across the AONB’s. They often remain involved in the implementation of the Management Plans and will take part in the monitoring and review of them.