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Surrey Hills AONB Management Plan (2020 - 2025)

What is the Surrey Hills AONB?

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a designation for an area of land that is of national importance for its natural beauty. Section 82 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) describes the primary purpose of AONB designation is 'to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area'. All public bodies have a legal duty to 'have regard' to the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of an AONB.

The Surrey Hills was one of the first landscapes in the country to be designated an AONB, in 1958. The Surrey Hills AONB stretches across Surrey's North Downs, from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east, and covers approximately 36% of the land in Guildford borough.

Find out more information about the Surrey Hills AONB.

What is the Surrey Hills AONB Management Plan?

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) placed a statutory duty on the AONB local authorities to produce and review management plans that will formulate the policy for the management of the area. The Surrey Hills AONB Management Plan (2020 - 2025) has been prepared by the Surrey Hills AONB Board and is set to be adopted by the relevant local authorities, including; Guildford Borough Council, Mole Valley District Council, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Tandridge District Council, Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council.

Surrey Hills Management Plan Review (2020 - 2025)

The Draft Management Plan will be replaced once the final document has been formally published.

Background documents