This guidance deals with the establishment and operation of English areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) Conservation Boards and on the responsibilities of their members. It also defines the boundaries of their remit. The guidance is designed to be read in addition to the relevant sections of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, and a Board’s Establishment Order.
This guide is intended for all AONB management committees of local authorities considering establishment as a Board and newly established Boards. It is not exhaustive, but should be regarded as a first point of reference for Boards, AONB management committees, local authorities, and any other bodies or individuals with an interest in AONBs. The guidance may be revised as circumstances demand.