Above River Dart

River Dart

Cliffs at Kingston

Management Plan

Producing a Management Plan is a statutory requirement for every Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Its purpose is to:

  • Highlight the special qualities and significance of the AONB.
  • Present a vision for the future of the AONB.
  • Set out objectives and policies to secure the vision.
  • Identify what needs to be done, by whom and when.
  • State the condition of the AONB and how the effectiveness of its management will be monitored.
  • Reflect the views and aspirations of a wide range of AONB stakeholders and parties with an interest in it.
  • Co-ordinate the work of different partner organisations.

Management Plan 2019 - 2024

The South Devon AONB Management Plan covering the period April 2019 to March 2024 has been formally adopted by South Hams District Council, Devon County Council, Torbay Council and Plymouth City Council.

This is the fourth statutory AONB Management Plan for the South Devon AONB; the Plan can be downloaded below. A minor update is required to reference the adopted Joint Local Plan and the annexes are to be finalised.

The Management Plan has two elements: Part 1 - The Strategy and Part 2 - The Delivery Plan. The Delivery Plan is revised and updated on an annual basis; the 2019 - 2020 version can be downloaded below.







Picture credits

A number of the images used in the Plan were taken by entrants in AONB photo competitions. We are grateful to competitors for the use of their pictures.

Front cover



P6 & 10

P9 & 18-19


P16-17 & 28-29

P20-21 & 50



Sarah Sweet

Gillian Healey

Ginny Campbell

Anna Potgieter

James Walker Photography

Joe Woodyear

Nick Shepherd (Annex 7 on p50)

John Walters

P24-25 & 50



P34-35 & 44-45





Back cover

Tim Lee (Annex 6 on p50)

Martyn Norsworthy

Tobie Loates

Jim Brown

John Tucker

Julia Kelland

Rhiannon Maguire (Annex 5)

Jeremy Willcocks (Delivery Plan)

Nick Cotter

All other photos copyright South Devon AONB Unit