South Devon AONB Follaton House,
Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE


Tel: 01803 229330


Community representative election 2021

Call for nominations 2021

Election of representatives to the AONB Partnership Committee

Why not consider nominating an individual for appointment to the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership Committee to serve as a local representative?

Nominations are invited in the eight categories listed below:

  • One representative of amenity groups of the AONB
  • One representative of the landowning or farming community of the AONB.
  • One representative of the business community of the AONB.
  • One representative  of parish/town councils in the AONB.
  • One representative of community or voluntary groups active in the AONB.
  • One representative of the professional non-government environmental organisations active in the management of the AONB.
  • One representative of the tourism sector in the AONB
  • One representative of the coast and marine sector of the AONB

Voting will take place online.  Organisations on our database will be sent a link to vote. Others are invited to contact the AONB office if they are a business or relevant organisation operating within the S Devon AONB.

The closing date for receipt of nomination forms is  9am Tuesday  26th  October.

Voting will open on Wednesday 27th  October and close at 9am Wednesday 11th  November

What is the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was designated in 1960 and covers 130 square miles of coastline, countryside and estuaries, mainly of the South Hams but also including parts of Plymouth and Torbay. AONB is a statutory designation applied to 46 of the UK’s most cherished and finest landscapes. The purpose of AONBs is to conserve and enhance natural beauty.

Why have a Partnership Committee?

AONBs are looked after by many different organisations, local authorities, landowners, community groups and so on. Someone has to take an overall view to ensure that the landscape remains outstanding for future generations– that is what the AONB Partnership Committee is for.

What is the role of the Committee?

The purpose of the Committee is:

  • To provide a strategic lead in the protection and care of the South Devon AONB.
  • To oversee the preparation of the AONB Management Plan.
  • To promote awareness of the special qualities and national status of the AONB.
  • To provide guidance to the AONB staff unit on its work.
  • To advise on projects and activities that benefit the AONB

Does the Committee have statutory powers?

No.  Unlike National Parks (which have formal structures and statutory powers in their own right), AONBs must rely on partnership, co-operation and co-ordination. It seeks to balance the conservation of the landscape with the needs of local communities and the economy.

Who is on the Committee?

The Partnership Committee is made up of:

  • The four AONB local authorities (South Hams District Council, Devon County Council, Torbay Council and Plymouth City Council)
  • Eight community representatives
  • The National Trust
  • Statutory agencies (Natural England, the Environment Agency. Historic England and the Forestry Commission)
  • The University of Plymouth

Where and when does the Committee meet?

The full Committee normally meets three times a year,  at Follaton House or at a venue in the AONB. With the pandemic we have instigated virtual meetings, and these may continue depending on the ongoing situation.

Are Committee members paid?

No – being a community representative on the Committee is not a paid position but reasonable travelling expenses to meetings will be reimbursed.

What kind of person is needed?

The AONB Partnership Committee aims to have members who:

  • Are committed to the purposes of AONB designation and management.
  • Bring to the Partnership a wealth of experience and expertise of their own and of their respective organisations.
  • Seek to promote the protected landscape above their own organisation’s interests.
  • Are active outside the scheduled Partnership Committee meetings as AONB ambassadors
  • Have a good knowledge of the area and understanding of local issues.
  • Can disseminate information and act as an advocate for the AONB through their respective organisations.
  • Attend the Partnership Committee meetings.

How does the Committee operate?

The partnership seeks an independent and non-political profile, actively engaged with local communities and with the implementation of the Management Plan. The Partnership Committee endeavours to make decisions by agreement and consensus whenever possible.

How long do members serve for?

The community representatives serve for a period of three years but can stand for re-appointment at the end of their term.

Is an introduction provided for new members?

Induction will be arranged for new Partnership members by the AONB Manager, to suit the convenience of those appointed.

What is the procedure for nominating someone?

The nomination form should be completed and returned to the AONB office by 12 noon Thursday 21st October.  Each nominee must be proposed by a local organisation or business. The nominated person must be aware of the nomination and agree to it. The nomination form asks for a brief statement of the experience and interests of the nominee. The statement will be used to highlight to voters the skills and experience of candidates.

How will the election process work?

If any category has more than one nomination, those who meet the criteria  will be put forward for election on the AONB website. The web page will contain a short statement about each nominee provided on their nomination form.. The voting will open on 27th October   and close at 9am on 10th November. Those eligible to vote will receive a link enabling them to do this on behalf of their organisation.

How do I find out more?

For an informal chat about what is involved or about the process, please telephone the AONB Unit 01803-229330, or email [email protected]. A full copy of the Partnership Committee terms of reference and constitution can be sent on request.


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