The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has its own partnership of organisations and community representatives. The Partnership Committee co-ordinates, advises and leads the care of the AONB.
The AONB has a small Staff Unit based in Totnes. The team works on behalf of the Partnership Committee to run a wide range of projects and activities in the area. The unit also prepares and co-ordinates the AONB Management Plan.
The Partnership publishes a statutory Management Plan for the AONB. This sets out the vision, policies and priorities for the area and is supported by a more detailed action programme.
The AONB Partnership Committee and Staff Unit do not have any planning powers: planning policy and applications are dealt with by the four local planning authorities (South Hams District Council, Torbay Council, Plymouth City Council and Devon County Council). But there are special planning policies to protect the AONB, and the AONB Staff Unit does provide planning guidance to the local authorities.