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Last edited 30 Oct 2015
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty AONB
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an area of the countryside with high scenic value of national importance that has statutory protection to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of its landscape.
There are currently 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with 33 wholly in England, four in Wales, one which crosses the English/Welsh border and eight in Northern Ireland (ref National Association Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
AONBs are designated under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 with further protection provided by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 also clarifies that local authorities are required to prepare management plans for their AONBs.
AONBs are managed by the relevant local authorities, and to assist the local authorities, local advisory committees have been set up which involve all the authorities within the AONB area. Conservation Boards have also been established for the larger Cotswolds AONB and Chilterns AONB.
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- Conservation area.
- Designated sites.
- Forest ownership.
- Green belt.
- National nature reserves.
- National parks.
- National planning policy framework.
- Scheduled monuments.
- Sites of special scientific interest.
- Special areas of conservation.
- Special protection areas.
- Tree preservation order.
- World heritage site.
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