and National Parks have the same status for protection under the Government's planning policies but in many parts of the country, including Shropshire, this duty has not been followed.
The UKs 46 AONBs
represent some of countrys finest countryside, spanning from Cornwall to the North Pennines, offering a wealth of opportunities for both people and wildlife to benefit from the countryside.
The map shows that most areas of the county, apart from the Northumberland Coast and North Pennines areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs
) and along Hadrian's Wall, are suitable for wind turbine development in principle.
The move means protected areas including national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs
) would be potential sites for the construction of waste disposal facilities.
The Welsh Government's decision to make no changes to Wales' National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs
) has been described as "a missed opportunity" by a group that represents rural landowners and businesses.
"But the balance needs to be struck between that and protecting the green belt and other areas such as areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs
National Parks and Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONBs
) should also lead the way in promoting green energy, biodiversity and public access, said the Future Landscapes Working Group.
Howard Sutcliffe from the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB
added: "This is the first year the AONBs
have received funding for access improvements from the Welsh Government.
The Altogether Archaeology is also this year's recipient of the Bowland Award, awarded annually for the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of protected landscapes by the National Association of AONBs
The four schemes have been prioritised from 12 sections of electricity lines in eight national parks and AONBs
across England and Wales which were considered to have the most significant impact on protected landscapes.
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (the "CRoW" Act) added further regulation and protection, ensuring the future of AONBs
as important national resources.
cover 127,000 hectares, accounting for 10 per cent of the total area of the region.