What is the Northumberland National Park Management Plan?

Northumberland National Park Authority has a duty to prepare a National Park Management Plan as the framework for the delivery of the National Park statutory purposes and duty. The Management Plan is the single most important document for the National Park, setting out the guiding principles, vision, objectives and actions for managing the National Park.

The preparation of the Management Plan is led by the Management Plan Partnership, comprising: Northumberland National Park Authority, Northumberland County Council, The Environment Agency, Natural England, Historic England, English Heritage, Northumberland Tourism Limited, The Country Land and Business Association, The Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Northumberland County Joint Local Access Forum, Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust, The National Farmers Union, The Forestry Commission, The Northumberland National Park Foundation, and, The North East Farming and Rural Advisory Network. In addition a number of other partners contribute to the development and delivery of the Plan.

Although prepared by the Management Plan Partnership, the Management Plan is for everyone: residents, businesses, visitors, public bodies, all organisations and individuals with a stake in the National Park. The Management Plan guides the future management of the National Park in a way which will help to achieve its statutory purposes and duty, improving the quality of life for those who live or work in the National Park or are visitors to it. Therefore, not only does it set the framework for the National Park Authority’s own policies and activities but it also shapes the plans, strategies, and actions of all other bodies operating within the National Park.

Past and present plans

Following a review of the Management Plan which included a wide consultation and engagement process over the autumn of 2015, the Authority adopted the latest version of the Management Plan on the 16th March 2016. You can view the adopted Management Plan 2016-2021 “Distinctive Places, Open Spaces” below as well as the associated Management Plan Review Public Consultation Feedback Report.

How is the Management Plan delivered?

The Management Plan Partnership is committed to the delivery of the Management Plan and prepares Annual Action Plans which provide detailed actions to deliver each outcome. Each action identifies who will lead on its delivery and when it is anticipated that the action will be completed.

Progress of delivery of the actions identified within each Annual Action Plan is monitored every 6 months, with updates added here.  A progress report will be published annually and will be reflected in the State of the National Park Report.

It should be noted however that the 2015 State of the National Park Report refers to progress measured against the objectives and targets contained within the previous Management Plan 2009-2014. The next version of the State of the National Park Report will include an assessment of the progress against the targets in the new Management Plan 2016-2021.

The latest Annual Action Plan report will soon be available to view on this webpage.

Two previous Northumberland National Park Management Plans are also available to download below.