Planning/Advice/AONB Map

Unlike National Parks, AONB Partnership/Teams have no statutory role in planning. Some AONB teams do however have the resources to  support planning functions and many have developed a protocol which outlines how, subject to staffing and resource demands, they will engage in the planning application process. The East Devon AONB Partnership Planning Protocol can be viewed here.

Advice and consultancy

Advice: The AONB Team is increasingly approached for advice on development proposals either by developers, their agents or concerned neighbours and members of the public. As a result of this we have developed an Advice Policy which outlines how we will, where appropriate, charge for such advice.

Consultancy: The AONB team has a wide range of skills covering policy and strategic development, funding, bid development, project management, wildlife and conservation and interpretation. Where appropriate, the team can engage in consultancy work that is of benefit to the AONB. A Consultancy Policy has been developed to outline our approach to this work. Please contact the AONB team for details.  

Useful guidance for those considering development in the AONB

As a first step we recommend that anyone wishing to understand or considering development in or adjacent to the AONB, fully appraises themselves of the Local Plan and the Environment Research and Evidence for the district, in particular the East Devon and Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon District Landscape Character Assessment and Management Guidelines (2008) which should be used to guide good quality development that is in keeping with the landscape character of the area. 

We would strongly advise that you also refer to the AONB Partnership Plan which provides further policy and outlines the vision and aims East Devon District and Devon County Councils have for the AONB.

Using the relevant up to date evidence will help demonstrate a clear understanding of the current state of the District and AONB and the locally relevent studies,guides and plans that will be drawn on to assess specific development proposals.

Neighbourhood Plans

There is great interest in developing these community led plans. In addition to support communities can receive from East Devon District Council Planning Policy staff, we have produced a simple guidance note on AONB considerations to aid local communities in developing their plans. 

Devon Landscape Policy Group has produced further guidance on taking landscape into account in developing Neighbourhood Plans which is available here. In addition, detailed advice and guidance on Neighbourhood Plans provided by East Devon District Council is available here. Alternatively contact Claire Rodway crodway@eastdevon.gov.uk or call 01395 516551.


The boundary of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty- Is my property in the AONB?

The East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 103 square miles includes 18 miles of coast and all or part of 30 parishes. If you wanted to check if a property is in the AONB, click HERE. The map below shows the boundary of the area (shown in blue)

View East Devon AONB in a larger map

The AONB boundary data above has been provided by Natural England under the Open Government Licence, as it contains, or is derived from, information supplied by Ordnance Survey © Crown copyright and database Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100022021.  Click here for Terms of Use.

This map is for illustrative purposes only, for more detailed boundary information please contact your local planning authority.

For more detail

Devon County Council have produced an extremely informative 'Environment Map' for the county, covering a range of designations, features and sites, ranging from footpaths to commons, heritage sites to species. Click HERE to view.

The Dorset Explorer map has more contoured boundary line of the East Devon AONB and other AONB's.

Contact Us

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

Tel: 01404 46663

Email : info@eastdevonaonb.org.uk

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

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 www.aonb.org.uk

The South West Protected Landscapes Forum also 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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