Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and in this instance the Lambourn Downs in West Berkshire, are areas of the countryside which are a precious landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.
There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales (33 wholly in England, 4 wholly in Wales and 1 which straddles the border). Created by the legislation of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949, AONBs represent 18% of the Finest Countryside in England and Wales.
There are also 8 AONBs in Northern Ireland.
Their care has been entrusted to the local authorities, organisations, community groups and the individuals who live and work within them or who value them.
Each AONB has been designated for special attention by reason of their high qualities. These include their flora, fauna, historical and cultural associations as well as scenic views. AONB landscapes range from rugged coastline to water meadows to gentle downland and upland moors.
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.
We, the undersigned, call on West Berkshire Council, and ultimately the Secretary of State, not to permit the development of wind turbines on the Lambourn Downs AONB, in West Berkshire, United Kingdom.
The Protect Lambourn Downs AONB from wind turbines petition to The Prime Minister was written by rupert upton and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.