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Maximising revenue sources for English National Park Authorities and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) - WC0818

Description
National Park Authorities (NPAs) and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) have faced reducing budgets over recent years with cuts to central grant-in-aid. The Authority wants to ensure that they maximise the revenue they obtain from all sources. Use of other funding sources may also provide wider benefits – for example schemes where visitors are encouraged to make donations and business involvement in funding protected landscapes can increase awareness of landscapes and tourism potential and local supply chains.

It is difficult to assess accurately the scale of other funding that could be expected to become available. At present English AONBs are bringing in excess of £12m external funding compared to around £6.6m funding from the Authority. National Park Authorities bring in around £20m compared to £54m funding from the Authority.

This project asks the question ‘How can the revenue that English National Park Authorities and AONBs receive from all sources be maximised?’

Some previous work has been done on this issue, both by the Authority and by the protected landscape bodies themselves. However there is a need for an innovative, rigorous and comprehensive examination of all potential options considering both new and inventive ideas as well as providing expert analysis of how existing approaches can be applied more widely and/or more innovatively.

The outcome of this project will enable NPAs and AONBs to identify new and possibly substantial income sources.
Objective
The aim of this project is to provide an innovative, rigorous and comprehensive examination of all potential options for external funding for the 10 English National Park Authorities (NPAs) and Areas of Outstanding Beauty (AONB 32 Partnerships and 2 Conservation Boards).

The project will consider both new and inventive ways of raising funds, as well as provide expert analysis of how existing approaches can be applied more widely and/or more innovatively.

The outcome of this project will enable NPAs and AONBs to identify new and possibly substantial income sources to help them achieve their purposes.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2014

Cost: £36,454
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Land Use Consultants
Keywords
Countryside              
Economic Research              
Environmental Protection              
Land