AONB Management Plan

"The natural beauty of the East Devon AONB landscape, its dramatic World Heritage Site coastline, internationally important habitats and species and its cultural heritage, is conserved, managed and enhanced to support and benefit present and future generations."

This vision statement above is contained in and guides the delivery of the current East Devon AONB Management Strategy (2014-19). The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (The CROW Act) brought with it a statutory duty for all local authorities to produce Management Plans for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty within their jurisdiction and to review them at least every five years.

The Strategy is adopted by East Devon District Council and Devon County Council. Through core funding from Defra and the local authority partners, the AONB Partnership and Team will work with our partners and communities to deliver this Strategy and to help conserve and enhance this outstanding environment. 

Links to the 2014-19 Management Strategy and Delivery Plan are below.

Management Strategy

Delivery Plan

Executive Summary

 The 2014 Management Strategy will be reviewed between 2017-19. All consultation documentation will be loaded on these pages as it becomes available. A drop in session will be held in 2018 summer on the draft plan proposals.

Review timetable: 

July - Dec 2017 - Seek approval to initiate review and consult AONB Partnership/Local Authorities on scope of review

Jan- April 2018 -  Draft Plan for AONB Partnership approval / Assessments and scoping reports 

April - July 2018 - Local authority approval for consultation

July - Oct 2018 - Formal public, Local Authority and agency consultation and public drop in sessions 

Oct - Nov 2018 -  Report on revised Plan to AONB Partnership for approval 

Nov-Jan 2019 - Formal LA/Natural England consultation and endorsement 

Jan- Mar 2019 - Adoption by local authorities and Defra


Statement of consultation process 

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East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Coburg Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8NG

Tel: 01404 46663

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About Us

In England and Wales our finest landscapes have been conserved through designation as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, AONBs.

The East Devon AONB was designated in 1963 and is one of 46 AONBs across the UK.

A National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty exists to provide general information about AONBs

The South West Protected Landscapes Forum exists to provide information and a regional voice for the 14 Protected Landscapes that together make up 38% of the South West of England.

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