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Plans and Strategy Projects

This could be a very long list! We focus instead mainly on those that have been qquoted in some way by goverment or government agencies as 'models of good practice' or which have surprised all involved by their success.

A number of yers ago, BDOR's work on the Kennet Local Plan Review was a leading-edge project, quoted in government guidance as a model of good practice. The same was true of our consultation work on the Warwickshire Transport Strategy (followed up by support for theirLocal Transport Plan and events on spending priorities and speed management) and our work on the Management Plan for the Blackdown Hills AONB. (BDOR also undertook the main part of a substantial consultation programme for the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team, helping them to formulate their original Management Plan. We have recently been working with them again on the Review.)

BDOR's approaches to community involvement in the development of Quiet Lanes in Norfolk (a Countryside Agency initiative) won us a Commendation in a national participation award scheme.

One of our most dramatic projects involved designing and managing a process to produce a Management Plan for the Thanet Coast in Kent. The coastline is of international environmental significance and the area was subject to Objective 2 funding because of serious economic decline; a sure-fire recipe for conflict. The example is now quoted regularly by Natural England as a model of good practice, and the consensus methods introduced are still in use in the area on everyday management issues.

One of BDOR's (several) projects in Bath involved helping to resolve serious conflict and set up future management structures over solutions to possible serious subsidence problems to houses directly above the Combe Down Stone Mines. The project took a real turn for the better, secured significant government funding to infill the old mines and is now complete. This project is currently being written up for the government as another model of good practice.

Finally, of course, there is Jeff's recent work on the Waste Strategy for the States of Guernsey (see Background page).