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.
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.