An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them. They are living, working landscapes, much loved and valued by all who enjoy them. They are powerful symbols of our national pride: places of motivation, inheritance, excitement, pleasure and profit.
Natural England is currently sending out their final letters to Councils to decide on their final top 5 or 10 areas for designation of new AONBs. Out of the three relevant authorities, Staffordshire County Council and the East Staffordshire Borough Council already support the proposal. However Natural England will not consider us until we have the support of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC).
There was widespread positive support for AONB status as part of the community consultation on the Churnet Valley Masterplan. However, without the support of SMDC, we will never receive AONB status for the Churnet Valley.
We have to achieve this commitment from SMDC if the Churnet Valley is to be considered for AONB status.
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