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Norfolk Coast Partnership

The Norfolk Coast Partnership (NCP) was set up in December 1991(as the Norfolk Coast Project) initially to focus on the pressures on the area arising from increasing numbers of visitors, which were perceived as having a damaging effect on the areas natural beauty.

Since then, the focus has broadened, although management of recreational pressures is still a high priority. The Norfolk Coast Partnership brings together the many stakeholders who have a role in managing the area. Its objectives are the statutory purpose and secondary objectives of AONB designation, i.e. the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of the area; facilitation and enhancement of sensitive public enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the area; and promotion of sustainable forms of social and economic development that in themselves conserve and enhance the areas natural beauty.

Overall this can be summarised as:

"To bring about the sustainable management of the AONB in such a way that meets its specific environmental, social and economic needs whilst conserving and enhancing its natural beauty."

Norfolk Coast Partnership structure

The Norfolk Coast Partnership is funded by Defra, Norfolk County Council, North Norfolk District Council, the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

The Partnership consists of:

The Partnership Forum: made up of representatives from all the Partners including those on the Core Management Group and five Community Representatives elected by parishes in the area;

The Core Management Group: made up of representatives from the relevant local authorities - Norfolk County Council, North Norfolk District Council, the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Broads Authority and local community representatives

The Staff Team: a small team of five people, who facilitate and support the operation of the Norfolk Coast Partnership, coordinating and leading on actions to implement the AONB Management Plan.

Further details about the Partnership, its operation, partners and representatives can be found in the sub pages (left)

This downloadable / printable document provides a summary of information about the AONB and the Norfolk Coast Partnership.

A Memorandum of Agreement formally describes the structure, roles, and administrative and financial arrangements between partner organisations for the Norfolk Coast Partnership.

Funding

Core funding for the operation of the Norfolk Coast Partnership is provided from central and local Government, in recognition of both the national status and value of AONBs and local management arrangements. Central government funding is provided via the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra); the relevant local authorities - Norfolk County Council, North Norfolk District Council, the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk and Great Yarmouth Borough Council - are also core funders. Details of core funding can be found in the annual accounts under 'Staff Team'

Core funds alone are not sufficient to undertake many of the actions in the AONB Action Plan. One of the functions of the Staff Team is to generate additional funding to implement priority actions. At any particular time, there are likely to be a number of projects involving different partner organisations and coordinated by the Staff Team, utilising funding from public, private and charitable sources to achieve the objectives of the management plan. Details of current 'external' funding and projects are available in the annual accounts and in the 'current projects' section.