Antrim Coast and Glens AONB Draft Management Plan: Consultation ResponseMinisterial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment NI

Emily Smyth, Arthur Acheson

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    Landscape is the resultant of interaction between territory and lifestyle. Thus, to sustain landscape value it is important that the lifestyle of the inhabitants of that place is intrinsically linked in a mutually beneficial manner to the value of that landscape. It is evident that degradation in landscape quality has arisen when the lifestyle of the inhabitants of that place has diminishing cognisance and involvement with the place itself.For that reason, the primary aim of a management plan which aims to enhance and sustain landscape quality and value must be to engender, for mutually beneficial purposes, awareness and respect for the value of landscape quality in the people who inhabit and use that place. ie. lifestyle quality must be intrinsic with landscape quality, and ‘progress’ and development of both must be mutual and sustainable.Thus, MAG proposes that the theme of ‘community’ should precede all other management themes. Without success in this theme, the landscape value of the AONB will be neither inherent nor sustainable.Conservation or protection of a status quo is not a privilege which is available in the management of any landscape. However, it should be possible to strive for and maintain a constant level of ‘value’, even in a changing and evolving landscape / lifestyle, and this should be the stated aim of any landscape policy. Landscape value depends on the input and direction of community and not just beauty and amenity, wildlife, historic objects or natural phenomena. Likewise, enjoyment and access must be core to the value of the community lifestyle within that landscape and not aimed primarily at a visiting population.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUnknown Publisher
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 4 Feb 2008

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