S Devon AONB response to Planning Policy consultation (18/07/18)

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.

South Devon Farmers group discuss post Brexit issues with Defra Minister (10/07/18)

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)

Photo of Wembury

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."

Independent research into housing in England’s AONBs (15/11/17)

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.

Fun and learning at Big Night out on the Beach (25/10/17)

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.

AONB Gateway signs (25/10/17)

New  signs denoting that Kingswear  and Wembury are  part of the South Devon AONB have been installed  at the entry points to the parishes. The new signs are partly thanks to grants from  locality funds held by Cllr Jonathan Hawkins and Cllr Daniel Brown. Cllr Hawkins said “Kingswear is proud to be in the AONB and this celebrates our beautiful and unique coastline and countryside; I was delighted to be able to assist.” Other parishes who would like AONB Gateway signs installed are invited to contact Diane Lethbridge at the AONB Unit.

Doing business in South Devon AONB (24/10/17)

Venus Café  at Blackpool Sands was the venue for the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty  Unit’s recent  conference. The theme was Natural Capital and  the importance of business in the AONB.  The guest speakers were local businessman Michael Smith, Managing Director of the Venus Company which has six  cafes in Devon and Cornwall and Esther Kieboom an environmental economist and  independent expert on Natural Capital.