The AONB Partnership

The conservation, enhancement and promotion of the Howardian Hills is dependant on the support offered by a network of partner organisations and authorities.

The Howardian Hills AONB Partnership is funded by Defra, North Yorkshire County Council, Ryedale District Council and Hambleton District Council.

Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) composition and functions

The JAC was established in 1992. Its main responsibility is to guide the management of the AONB and to oversee the work of the AONB Unit. JAC members have a key role in implementing, monitoring and reviewing the AONB Management Plan and generally promoting the AONB.

The current Chairman of the JAC is Councillor Christine Cookman and Councillor Robert Wainwright is Vice-Chairman. The JAC comprises local authorities within the AONB, statutory agencies, land owning and farming and community interest groups. In total, 10 organisations are represented on the JAC. These are:

The JAC meets twice a year, in Spring and Autumn. Committee papers and the Minutes of previous meetings can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website by following this link.

The Terms of Reference of the JAC are to:

  • Promote awareness and understanding of the AONB for the purposes for which it was designated.
  • Advise local authorities and other bodies on countryside conservation, informal recreation and environmental management issues affecting the AONB.
  • Advise on the preparation and implementation of a Management Plan.
  • Consider and advise on development plan policies, proposals and reviews as they relate to the AONB.
  • Discuss major issues affecting the character of the AONB and, where appropriate, make recommendations.
  • Act as a forum where the three local authorities can discuss and co-ordinate their activities.
  • Suggest priorities for action, agree and monitor an annual work programme and identify the resources required to carry out this work.

Officer Working Group

A small working group of officers from the local authorities and Natural England provide the AONB Unit with support, meeting on a quarterly basis.

Partnership Group

Annual AONB Partnership Group meetings are held to discuss issues with a wider range of partner organisations.

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