The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (often known as the CROW act) was very important for AONB 's. It set a range of new rules and requirements for AONB's as well as bringing other rules and regulations up to date. It includes measures which:
- reaffirm the primary purpose of AONBs - to conserve and enhance natural beauty
- set a legal duty for public bodies to have regard to the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty
- requires local authorities to prepare a statutory management plan for AONB's
- introduced Conservation Boards to help manage AONB's, and
- gives local authority powers to act in support of natural beauty
The Act sets the legal framework under which AONB's are set up and run, and is fundamental to all our work. The Act builds on and updates the original law which created National Parks and AONBs, the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.
Click Part IV, CRoW Act 2000 (86.03 kB) to download Part IV of the act which deals with AONB's.
To see the whole of the 2000 act click here.
To view the 1949 act click here
Please seek profesional or expert advice in relation to the requirements and measures contained in national legislation.