The Work of the AONB Team

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB team is based at Melton, just outside Woodbridge. The team was first set up in 1990 to champion the AONB and provide a lead for the conservation of the protected landscape. It continues to do this by:

  • Acting as an advocate for the AONB by commenting on and influencing the important plans, strategies and development proposals likely to affect the AONB.
  • Supporting the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Partnership and promoting its collective commitment to the Management Plan.
  • Developing strategic approaches to the issues identified in the Management Plan.
  • Stimulating, enabling and co-ordinating the activities of others to add value and minimise conflict.
  • Where best placed to, take the lead and demonstrate best practice in key projects which fulfil the Management Plan.
  • Monitoring change in key qualities so that the AONB can be alerted to the consequences of that change.
  • Raising awareness of the area’s importance and value and providing a focus for all organisations and individuals with an interest in the area.
  • Enabling community involvement that helps implement the AONB Management Plan’s objectives.
  • Undertaking direct action to meet strategic objectives when others are unable to act.

The AONB team is hosted by Suffolk County Council and supported by Defra, Babergh District Council, Essex County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Tendring District Council and Waveney District Council.

The work of the AONB team is overseen by a Joint Advisory Committee (AONB Board) made up of representative Members from the AONB's constituent Local Authorities. Each year the AONB team draws up a Business Plan to prioritise its work.

For more information about the AONB and what the AONB team does, download the AONB team summary below

Contact the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB team


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