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.
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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We lead, partner and support projects that focus on a wide range of themes, including landscape and heritage, environmental quality and climate, biodiversity, recreation and tourism.