KNP review 2016

The KNP has now been in existence since 2012 and it is therefore timely that the effectiveness and achievements of the Partnership are reviewed and considered in order to shape what the future might be. The Partnership is also facing a critical time in terms of resourcing, with pressures within local government funding meaning that the KNP will soon need to be more reliant on external funding. A review has been undertaken to determine if the Partnership is of value and ensure it meets the needs of partners and potential funders.

This has included interviews and consultations with various elements of the KNP to inform the following:

  • The achievements and outcomes of the Partnership.
  • Consideration of the KNP’s strategic planning role.
  • Analysis of the Partnership’s strengths, weaknesses, future opportunities and challenges.
  • Recommendations and options for developing the Kent Nature Partnership to better meet local needs, add value and continue to deliver under different resource scenarios.

Link to the review document

As a result of the review the KNP has decided on four new priorities which will form the basis of a 2017 - 22 action plan:

  • Strengthening the consideration of biodiversity within local plans and the growth agenda
  • Taking forward the health and nature agenda
  • Embedding Natural capital into planning and decision making
  • Maintaining the quality and extent of our finest wildlife sites

A workshop is being held on 11 July to take these priorities forward and further updates on the action plan will be provided here.

Another element of the KNP review has been to examine the role of the KNP within the planning system.  This work was undertaken by the Kent Wildlife Trust and involved extensive interviews with Local Planning Authorities.  Link to the planning impact review document