Proposed Conservation Board

The AONB Partnership and the two local authorities Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council are proposing the formation of a fully independent Conservation Board for the Shropshire Hills AONB. This is a structure unique to AONBs, enabled by the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000. The two Councils agreed this proposal at their Cabinets during October 2016, and in November 2016 a formal request was made to Defra to create the Conservation Board. There are many other demands on government time, and the outcome of this request and potential timescales are not certain. Further support from organisations and individuals would be welcomed to support the case to Defra.  If you can write with your support to us at, we would be very grateful.


A Conservation Board has many advantages:
• A stronger, more independent voice solely for the AONB
• Able to take effective action balancing local and national priorities
• Better able to involve and engage local people and businesses
• Able to raise its own funds and manage itself more efficiently
• Higher profile, more resilient and cheaper to run


Further information is available in the documents for download below:

Summary leaflet

Councils’ and AONB Partnership letters to Defra, Nov 2016

Business Case submitted to Defra, Nov 2016

News item, 21 October 2016 – Delivering a better future for the AONB

News item, 19 October 2016 – Proposed independent Board for the AONB


To discuss this please contact Phil Holden on 01743 254741 or