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. 

Government Review of Designated Landscapes 

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) underwent public consultation 23 July -18 September 2018 and is now closed.

Consultation Documentation 

Consultation response form 

Consultation Draft Partnership Plan (2019-24)

2014-19 Plan ..... and the 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- Feb 2019 - Formal Natural England consultation and endorsement 

Feb - Mar 2019 - Adoption by local authorities and Defra


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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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