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Coastal Corridor Action Plan
Heritage Coasts are not a statutory designation, more a definition of the significant quality of the coastline of England. They have been a mechanism for directing countryside and coastal management in the past through agencies such as the Countryside Commission and significant activity was undertaken in East Devon largely around access, enjoyment, and raising awareness of coastal issues.
Prior to the establishment of an AONB Team, the Heritage Coast area of East Devon fell under the umbrella of the East Devon Heritage Coast Service, in terms of marine and countryside management including access and recreation. This service had a direct role in the management of the South West Coast Path.
This service was in place from the mid 1980's up to 2003 when the AONB Team and shortly after, the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site teams were established. These services, one covering the wider Statutory designated East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the other the UNESCO inscribed Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site assumed many (but not all) of the roles of the former service
Given this background, the East Devon AONB Partnership felt it important to maintain a strategic approach with partners in the coastal zone and approved the development of a Coastal Corridor Action Plan. This plan has directed our work in and around the coast and coastal path and had been previously adapted to link with the Dorset AONB and wider World Heritage Site teams. For operational and funding reasons, a revised plan has subsequently refocussed the priorities and sought to align its prioritisation around the Devon Landscape Character Assessment model for landscape management.