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Welsh AONB extended and enjoyed

25 November 2011

The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that is situated in north Wales has been extended, increasing the Clwydian Range AONB by 230 square kilometres. The new land added to the existing area is the first new designation of an AONB in Wales in 26 years, and is one of just four AONB across the country.

The Welsh Environment Minister, John Griffiths said that, “AONB status for this area will help safeguard its natural beauty and promote sustainable development”. Contrary to some local opinion, he said that the designation was not designed to impose restrictions on agricultural activities in the two areas included in the extended designation – the Dee valley and Llangollen.

The extension, granted under section 82 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, means that the land will form part of the Clwydian Range AONB and will be afforded the same protection regarding the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of the area.

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