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Planning & Advice
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
We would strongly advise that you also refer to the 2014-19 AONB Management Strategy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Timothy Spurway email@example.com or call 01395 516551.
Where is the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boundary? 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