Chichester Harbour AONB Management Plan

Chichester Harbour Conservancy has a duty to prepare an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan as the framework for the delivery of the statutory purposes and duty. The Management Plan is the single most important document for the AONB, setting out the guiding principles, Vision, objectives and actions for managing the area for 5 years at a time.  Chichester Harbour Conservancy prepare the Management Plan and it is for everyone with an interest in Chichester Harbour. The current Plan in place is the Chichester Harbour Management Plan 2014-19 but will soon be replaced by an updated Plan.

Chichester Harbour Management Plan 2019-24

Looking after Chichester Harbour is vitally important. The 29 square miles of landscape has a delicate balance of interests, from internationally important habitats and species, to a long and proud history of sailing and boat building. With 10,585 residents and an estimated 1.5 million visitors every year, it is essential to have a Management Plan that is fit for now and the future.

Our new Plan needs to provide a clear way forward to achieve our new Vision to 2050. The Plan is more than just the work of Chichester Harbour Conservancy; it is for everyone, so it needs to continue to reflect the views of partners, residents, visitors, businesses and all other stakeholders and a consultation process with them has taken place.  You can read the Consultation Document here and we have also prepared a summary of the changes proposed compared to the current Plan.  The facts and figures in the Plan were taken from the recently prepared State of the AONB report.

This document sets out the big issues all partners will seek to tackle in the next five years. This new Management Plan incorporates a series of actions to direct the way it is delivered. The Conservancy has also consulted on its 18 new Planning Principles, developed since the last Management Plan, which have helped to guide the Conservancy’s approach to development applications.  

The next Chichester Harbour Management Plan (2019-2024) is currently in preparation and will be ready to be adopted by the local authorities from 1 April 2019. 

Annual Reviews

Reviews of the Management Plan are conducted each year.  These report on the progress made in delivering the Management Plan in each year.

Annual Review 2017-18 - in preparation

Annual Review 2016-17

Executive Summary of the Annual Review 2015-16

Annual Review 2015-16

Annual Review 2014-15