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Environmental and conservation areas guidance

Over a quarter of Buckinghamshire lies within the designated protected landscape of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and in 1997 the County Council in conjunction with other highway authorities and the Chilterns Conservation Board developed the Environmental Guidelines for the Management of Roads in the Chilterns.

The original publication has now been revised and provides guidance on design and maintenance for highways engineers, developers and utilities companies working on the highway network across the Chilterns.

These guidelines have been adopted by the County Council for the whole of Buckinghamshire and not just the Chilterns AONB.

Conservation Area Highway Protocol

The Highway Protocol for Conservation Areas document is a formal agreement between Bucks County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council. It explains how to carry out highway related work in our conservation areas.

The document was produced with funding from English Heritage.

The principles of the document are:

  • to respect and enhance the character and appearance of conservation areas
  • to use visually appropriate materials, also having regards for practicalities for new and maintenance work
  • to declutter the street scene
  • to bear in mind the safety of all road users.

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