Our 2019-24 Management Plan has been renamed as the ‘Partnership Plan’ in recognition of the way it is delivered – in partnership with others. 

AONB Management Plans are required by law (CROW Act 2000) and must be produced and reviewed every five years. The East Devon AONB Partnership undertakes this duty for the East Devon AONB on behalf of Devon County and East Devon District Councils.


The Partnership Plan is our five-year management strategy.  It identifies key issues facing the AONB, sets out long term objectives for its future and highlights the actions needed to conserve our landscape.

The Delivery Plan is a strategic framework document outlining responsibilities and how partner organisations will work together to achieve the objectives of the Partnership.

Printed copies of the Plan are sent to all libraries in and around the AONB and all Parish Councils in the area as well as key partners and the Secretary of State/Defra. 

Review of the AONB Partnership Plan

A review of the AONB Partnership plan is required every 5 years (CROW Act 2000) with the next review due to be completed by March 2024.

The review process will get underway in 2022 and will be guided by the AONB Partnership. Natural England are expected to review their guidance on Management Plans for AONBs and National Parks and will be scoping this in early 2022.

Indicative timetable


Jan-Apr 2022 Initiate review through formal agreement with EDDC/DCC and notify Natural England.
Apr-Nov 2022 Undertake scoping and targeted consultations. Prepare briefing report for AONB Partnership for scale and nature of review.
Nov 2022- June 2023 Develop proposed consultation draft plan and secure approval to consult.
Jul-Sept 2023 Undertake public/stakeholder consultations.
Sept-Nov 2023 Collate and assimilate consultation responses and redraft final version for AONB Partnership.
Dec 23-Jan 2024 Consult Natural England on final version.
Jan-Mar 2024 Final revisions and adoption of revised Plan by EDDC/DCC. Notify Defra.


Draft documents and reports will be posted here.

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