AONB Management Plan

The AONB Management Plan is a statutory document that guides the work of the AONB Partnership. 

Much has been achieved by the AONB Partnership since the first Management Strategy was produced in 2003. Significant resources have been secured in conjunction with a wide range of partners to help support our local communities, amenity groups, wildlife, businesses and the landscape.

The 2014-19 Strategy has guided the direction of the Partnership in this work over the last 5yrs, enabling initiatives such as new multi-use facilities, policy development, farm support programmes, community orchards, bat monitoring, habitat improvement schemes, archaeological research, heritage projects, walks, talks and events, business advice and rural development schemes across the AONB.

Hard copies of the draft Plan will be sent to all libraries in and around the AONB as well as to all Parish Councils within the AONB. 

In parallel to this review, the government has appointed Julian Glover to undertake a review of designated landscapes across 2018-19 which is widely welcomed by the AONB family. See here for details of this review. 

Review of the Plan 
Every five years the AONB Management Plan must be reviewed. The renamed Draft Partnership Plan (2019-24) is out for consultation from 23 July -18 September 2018. A drop-in exhibition will be held at Kennaway House, Sidmouth between 3-7 September 2018  (9-5pm) for members of the public to view documents and provide direct feedback. Staff will be available during this period between the following times: 

Mon 3rd September - 11-1pm

Tues 4th September - 4-6pm

Wed 5th September  - 2-4pm

Thur 6th September  - 10-12pm

Frid 7th September - 9-11am

The closing date for feedback is 18 September 2018. 

Consultation Documentation We welcome your feedback on the Consultation Draft Partnership Plan (2019-24). Please use the consultation response form below. You can also use this form to provide feedback on the supporting documents and assessments. If you experience any technical problems accessing the documents on line, please contact the AONB office on 01404 46663 or email us at

Consultation response form 

Consultation Draft Partnership Plan (2019-24)

Key changes made to the 2014-19 Plan 

Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report

Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report 

NAAONB Report - AONB Management Plans - Changes & developments 

NAAONB Report - AONB Management Plans - Policy and legal framework

Monitoring update 

AONB Awareness report (2018)

Statement of community involvement


Review timetable: 

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

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

April - July 2018 - Local authority approval for consultation

July - Sept 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


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

Management Strategy

Delivery Plan 

Executive Summary


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

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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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