Together, the three Welsh National Parks – Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons – protect an impressive 20 per cent of Wales, including precious landscapes, habitats, villages and heritage sites.
Jonathan Cawley has been Director of Planning & Cultural Heritage with Snowdonia National Park Authority for 18 months, having previously worked as a Chartered Town Planner in both public and private sectors. Prior to joining the NP he was a Planning & Development Manager for a large independent renewable energy company and prior to this he was Planning Policy Manager for Denbighshire County Council. Jonathan is also currently Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Policy & Research Forum. In his current role his responsibilities include overseeing the NPA’s statutory planning functions (including the Eryri Local Development Plan), the National Park Management Plan, the Sustainable Development Grant, Wardens and Access, as well as the Conservation, Woodland and Agriculture team. Overseeing these functions provides Jonathan with a good grasp on the live operational issues facing many protected landscapes today. He also works closely with the other two National Parks in Wales on planning and related matters, something he has personally placed a great emphasis on since joining Snowdonia.
"It has been a privilege to be part of the VIP project which will make a direct contribution to conserving and enhancing our protected landscapes. This project goes right to the heart of what protected landscapes are about. I look forward to progressing the positive and exciting work that has taken place to date."