AGM TOMORROW! - details


Beach clean at Yarmer on Saturday - see Events




The Friends of South Hams (FoSH) are pleased to announce that the Secretary of State (SoS) for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP published his Report in January 2017 following the 2016 Public Inquiry - and refused planning approval for the Winslade Turbine.

This was the culmination of a 3 ½ year fight against South Hams District Council (SHDC) to demonstrate their decision to approve the Turbine on two separate occasions (against the recommendations of all their professional officers) was quite clearly wrong. The Turbine would have been in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). An AONB should be afforded the same protection as a National Park. It appears that SHDC failed in their duty to protect the South Hams AONB.

Following a discussion with Sarah Wollaston MP, in order to learn from the SoS and Planning Inspector's Reports it was decided to submit a Corporate Complaint to SHDC. This has been submitted and depending on the response from SHDC a decision will be made to pursue further with the Local Government Ombudsman, Michael King. FoSH have had an initial response to the Corporate Complaint from SHDC and it would appear as yet no lessons have been learnt.

For further information please contact:-

David Hayward email

Keith Turner email


A quick guide......... 

The Society's objectives are:                                             

To stimulate interest and care for the beauty, history and character of the South Hams.
To encourage high standards of planning and architecture that respect the character of the South Hams.
To secure the protection and improvement of the landscape, features of historic interest and public amenity.
To promote the conservation of the South Hams as a living, working environment.

There is more information on the Society, and an invitation to join it (only £10 a year!), at About/Join SHS.  Committee members, their contact details, and notes on their recent meetings are also under About.

We publish four bulletins a year.  Any issue since 2007 can be downloaded from About/Bulletins.

Beach cleans and the social programme for 2016 are at Events.

We take the South Devon AONB very seriously.  The pages under Protected Areas are intended to increase people's knowledge and appreciation of the AONB and the other designated areas.

Since the beginning of 2012 the Society has commented on planning applications in Bantham, Brixham, Buckland Tout Saints, Chivelstone, Dartington, Dean Prior, Frogmore & Sherford,Halwell & Moreleigh, Harberton, Kingsbridge, Loddiswell, Malborough, Modbury, Newton & Noss, North Huish, Rattery, Salcombe, Stoke Fleming, Stoke Gabriel, Stokenham, Strete, Wembury and Woodleigh.  The texts are at Planning/Applications.