Celebrating good practice
Working with the Chiltern Society, we celebrate good architectural and planning practice in and around the Chilterns through the Chilterns Buildings Design Awards.
The character of the whole Chilterns landscape, within and beyond the designated AONB, comes not just from its rolling hills, fields and woods but also from the attractive villages, farm buildings and individual houses and other structures found throughout it. Consistent use of locally-sourced materials and respect for the patchwork of towns and villages have created and helped to maintain the special and distinctive character of the area.
Today, with growing pressure for development around and sometimes within the AONB, it is more important than ever that new buildings reflect and complement the nationally-protected landscape around them. With this in mind, the Chilterns Conservation Board and Chiltern Society run the Buildings Design Awards competition, usually every two years, to encourage and recognise great examples of design and construction based on the principles in the Chilterns Buildings Design Guide.
Watch this space for news of the next Chilterns Buildings Design Awards in 2023.
Luton airport plans to increase its passenger capacity from 18 million to 32 million per year by 2043.
The Chilterns AONB boundary review is well underway having progressed the technical assessment of natural beauty and engaged with stakeholders.