As part of the Future Landscapes Project, conducted by the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB), a cohort of 40 AONB staff is taking part in a nationwide professional and personal development programme designed to help ensure the UK’s outstanding national landscapes are conserved and enhanced for future generations. This has been made possible by the National Lottery funding received from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the form of a £164,300 Resilient Heritage grant. Both Roger English - Manager and Nicky Bailey - Community Projects Officer have been selected to participate from the South Devon AONB team
Explorer Monty Halls presented the prizes for the South Devon AONB Photo Competition at a special event held at The Flavel in Dartmouth on 22nd October 2018. The competition that attracted 200 entries was part of the heritage lottery funded ‘What Makes South Devon Special’ campaign which has been running since April. The project has focussed on the Special Qualities of the protected landscape with a series of walks focussing on specific themes, events, work with primary schools and A level photography students. Monty Halls said that despite his extensive travels South Devon could not be rivalled for its natural beauty describing it as “paradise on earth.”
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was first introduced in 2012. It brought together around 1,000 pages of planning policy and guidance into a single document of 59 pages, and established a ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’.
The Government consulted on a revised NPPF earlier this year and the South Devon AONB and the National Association for AONBs have both responded to the consultation.
The Avon Valley Facilitation group coordinated by the South Devon AONB Unit welcomed Farming Minister George Eustice MP to a meeting of over 50 farmers at Holsome Park, Diptford near Totnes. Farming Minister George Eustice said: “As one of the largest facilitation groups in the country, Avon Valley is a brilliant example of how famers can work together to protect the landscape. Farmers and land managers are playing a key role in keeping South Devon productive, while ensuring a united commitment to protect and improve our natural environment”.
Review of Designated Landscapes (30/05/18)
Following Defra's recent anouncement of a review of designated landscapes, NAAONB Chairman, Philip Hygate said: “I really welcome the attention government is paying to the beauty of the English landscape. Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan makes it clear that Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are highly valued and worthy of investment. What’s more, this is an exciting time to really discover how much designated landscapes can deliver for society, the economy, and nature. Whether it’s the rolling hills and picturesque villages of the Chilterns, the ruggedness of the Cornish coast, or the tranquility of the Dedham Vale, each AONB has something unique to offer the nation."
South West Outdoors Festival (07/02/18)
Management Plan review - complete our survey (07/02/18)
This review of housing in England's AONBs is based on data collected by Glenigan covering planning applications and approvals for housing development in and near to AONBs between 2012-2017.
National policy for AONBs centres on the need to conserve and enhance natural beauty, particularly in the execution of planning functions by public bodies. However, the Review shows that AONBs, particularly in the South East and South West, are facing unprecedented pressure from large-scale housing development.
South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit together with National Trust – South Devon Countryside, held another successful Big Night Out on the beach at Milton Sands. Around 120 people came and set up camp to participate in activities from late afternoon into the evening. The theme this year was ’treasures of the sea’ and the overall aim was to educate families about wildlife living on the beach and in the sea.There was a huge choice of activities starting with rock pooling, snorkelling and bird watching.