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.

South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (06/06/17)

The South Devon Coastal Local Action Group has approved a number of application for grant funding over the past 12 months including help for local food and drink businesses, events companies, rural workshop units and farmers.  Projects need to be of an rural economic nature with job creation being the main focus. The initial stage involves completing a project information form on the website after which an adviser will contact you.

Explorer 2017 (06/06/17)

The AONB  'Explorer' magazine is now out with lots of information and ideas on getting out and about in this fantastic landscape with sections on walking, cyling and watersports in the area.

Local Food writer and restaurateur  Mitch Tonks has been interviewed about what he values about the AONB and there is a page focussing on shopping for local food.  We've also taken a look at what holidaying in the area used to mean in the past with some lovely old images and details on transport and holiday activities.

Growing Orchard Communities Grand Finale (06/06/17)

This event in Totnes on Saturday 1st July is a celebration of orchards, orchard communities and the great work that has happened as part of this exciting lottery funded  project over the past 18 months. The project a partnership between Orchard Link and the S Devon AONB with a grant from HLF,  has delivered a range of practical workshops, training and community events  This finale is a chance to share and learn from the 23 community orchards which have taken part and toast our successes!

Launch of the AONB Planning Guidance (01/06/17)

The launch of South Devon AONB Unit  Planning Guidance by Sir Geoffrey Newman is on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 16:00 to 18:30  at Stoke Fleming Village Hall, TQ6 0QT. This event will be of particular interest to Parish Neighbourhood Planning Groups.

There will be the opportunity to book onto one of two planned workshops on either coastal and estuarine matters or  identifying AONB special qualities and a planning surgery with 10 minute appointment slots, to be booked in advance.