Prawle Coast Path

A review of the 2014-19 AONB Management Plan

What's your view?

As we prepare a revised South Devon AONB Mangement Plan for 2019-24, we would love to hear your thoughts and views on the South Devon AONB special qualities.

These define its natural beauty and what makes the area unique or particularly distinctive; different people have varying opinions but these are the ones used in the Management Plan:

South Devon AONB - Special Qualities

A wild and ruggged coastline
A network of streams, rivers and cliffs
Rolling farmland
Open tops and hidden valleys
Long unspolit views
A long lived in landscape
A landscape rich in wildlife
An ancient network of routeways
Naturally tranquil
Quality of views beyond the AONB boundary

Complete the survey here:  questions

Use our Contact us page to find other ways to let us know your thoughts.


The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 requires that all Local Authorities in the South Devon AONB act together to review and publish amendments to the current Management Plan by 31st March 2019.  The South Devon AONB Staff Unit has been asked to undertake this review on their behalf. The review process, the Draft South Devon AONB Management Plan 2019-24 and the work that follows, will seek to reflect the views and aspirations of a wide range of individuals, organisations, businesses and bodies.


Statement of consultation process


This Statement of the Consultation Process sets out in broad detail how the South Devon AONB Partnership will consult on the review of the existing 2014-19 South Devon AONB Management Plan. The AONB Partnership has agreed that a ‘light touch’ review should be undertaken and not a wholesale change to the Plan that is working well and delivering positive outcomes across the AONB.

It is not intended to amend the existing key objectives or policies in the current Management Plan. The focus will be on restructuring and updating the evidence/background/context and forces for change to enable the identification of a Delivery Plan that is relevant and targeted to current and future challenges.

The AONB Management Plan

The revised AONB Management Plan will comprise three parts.

Part1 is the main strategy document, setting out the context, vision, key objective, policies, priority actions and indicators.

Part 2 is the Delivery Plan, detailing the targets and actions for the plan.

Part 3 contains the Supporting documents, including the screening and environmental assessments/reports, Planning Guidance document, special qualities annex, evidence documentation and statements of consultation and approvals.

We will consult internally and externally on the draft main strategy document, confirming the context is relevant and up to date and the evidence and forces for change are appropriate.

This Statement of the Consultation Process sets out the minimum we will apply in undertaking consultation and engagement with the public. The attached table shows how we intend to consult at each stage of the review. In some cases, we made add to the consultation, as opportunities arise. It will be updated accordingly, and revised versions will be placed on the AONB web site.