The Conservation Board

The Conservation Board

The Chilterns Conservation Board is an independent body established by Parliamentary Order in July 2004, its members are all drawn from local communities. 

Find out more about the Board’s role, its members, meetings and publications. You can read the Chilterns AONB Management Plan, produced by the Board to guide the work of all those who care for the area.

About the Conservation Board

Board meetings

The Chilterns Conservation Board meets several times a year, the Executive Committee and Planning Committee on a quarterly basis.

Board members

The Board has 27 members, all of whom are independent and do not represent any other organisation.

Purposes of the Chilterns Conservation Board

The Chilterns Conservation Board’s purposes are given in Section 87 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000:

  • It is the duty of a conservation Board, in the exercise of their functions, to have regard to:
    the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the area of outstanding natural beauty, and
    the purpose of increasing the understanding and enjoyment by the public of the special qualities of the area of outstanding natural beauty,

but, if it appears to the Board that there is a conflict between those purposes, they are to attach greater weight to the purpose mentioned in paragraph (a).

  • A conservation Board, while having regard to the purposes mentioned in subsection (1), shall seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the area of outstanding natural beauty, but without incurring significant expenditure in doing so, and shall for that purpose co-operate with local authorities and public bodies whose functions include the promotion of economic or social development within the area of outstanding natural beauty.

Managing the Chilterns AONB

The Board’s guiding tool is the Chilterns AONB Management Plan, which sets out the vision, policies and actions for the management of the AONB from 2019 to 2024. It describes how best to conserve, enhance and enjoy the Chilterns, helping all those with a responsibility for the AONB to care for it for current and future generations. It influences and shapes key policies, plans and processes affecting the area, such as development and transport plans.

The Chilterns Conservation Board is responsible for putting together the AONB Management Plan in consultation with local communities, public bodies, partners and agencies. The Board promotes the implementation of the Plan by a wide range of organisations and individuals with an interest in the area.

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The Chilterns AONB Management Plan

Click below to find out more and download the Chilterns AONB Management Plan.

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Chilterns AONB Boundary Review

We are are working closely with Natural England to explore the case for and against extending the boundary of the protected area of the Chilterns AONB. Find out about the project, and how this could benefit people and the landscape on our Boundary Review page.
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Chilterns AONB Management Plan

The Chilterns AONB Management Plan 2019-24: Caring for the Chilterns forever and for everyone contains a comprehensive summary of the key issues facing the AONB and the management policies and actions needed to conserve this special place.
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Outstanding Chilterns Magazine

Jam-packed with news and updates from the AONB, now available to read online or find out where to get a printed copy.
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