Since 1965 the Chilterns has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The AONB status is a recognition by the UK government of the very special character of the Chilterns as amongst the finest countryside in the whole of England.
The Chilterns AONB was established with a duty of conserving and enhancing the beauty of the area.
In issues of planning and development the Chilterns Conservation Board must ensure that the unique qualities of the Chilterns AONB are noted and preserved.
Created by the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949, AONBs such as the Chilterns AONB become designated areas for special protection because of their outstanding flora, fauna, culture and history. The number and quality of scenic views is also taken into consideration, and certainly the Chilterns AONB has no shortage of these.