The AONB Partnership engages in policy development in a number of ways. For example, we have submitted joint reports and policy recommendations, together with the Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership, as part of the development of the new East Devon District Local Plan, which was adopted on 28 January 2016. We will, where appropriate, develop local policy either for the AONB specifically or jointly with other parties.
The Beer Quarry & Caves Special Area of Conservation (BQ&C SAC) was designatedin 2005 for its important population of hibernating greater horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum), lesser horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus hipposideros) and Bechstein’s bats (Myotis bechsteinii).
This document is aimed at those preparing and validating planning applications which may impact on the BQ&C SAC population of bats. It provides advice on which applications may have a likely significant effect on the SAC bat population.
Regionally and nationally we work through the National Association for AONBs. We find that a nationally recognised body, speaking with a united voice, carries significance, weight and influence in a way that small AONB units are simply not able to.
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