Community orchard event

A review of the 2014-19 AONB Management Plan

What's your view?

We want to hear your views on the draft Management Plan (2019-24). Please email us your comments, referencing policies and page numbers, to [email protected] . Alternatively send your comments in writing to South Devon AONB, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, Devon. TQ9 5NE. All comments by 5th November 2018 please.

There is a drop-in exhibition in the foyer of Follaton House in Totnes for members of the public to view documents and provide direct feedback. Hard copies are available at the following locations across the AONB: Wembury Marine Centre; Torquay Library; Brixham Town Hall; libraries in Churston, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge.

Once the consultation has closed all responses will be taken into consideration and used to shape the final Management Plan and supporting documentation. The final Management Plan will be formally adopted by the Local Authorities in Spring 2019. All responses received will be recorded in a Statement of Consultation and published with the final document.

Adam Davison, South Devon AONB Project Officer, says "It is vital that we set out the priorities for the South Devon AONB now, especially with a once in a lifetime government review of protected landscapes and an opportunity for new approaches post-Brexit. We really welcome the opportunity to hear from those who live and work in our landscape".

It should be noted that this consultation is concerned with the management strategy. The Delivery Plan will be produced as a separate document and is not included here. The annexes that support the plan will be published with the final document in 2019.

Background

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 and businesses.

The AONB Unit has been using the ‘What makes South Devon special’ campaign to give people the opportunity to comment on the existing plan and prepare for this formal consultation. Thanks to everyone who has already shared their views via our recent on-line surveys.