Protecting and Enhancing the Natural Beauty and Heritage of the South Hams

The South Hams Society

Registered charity no. 263985

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

We take the protection of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) very seriously and work hard to increase people’s knowledge and appreciation of our precious environment. We support the right development – in the right places – and strenuously oppose inappropriate development.

The Society supports the seven ‘Nolan Principles in Public Life’ and expects everyone involved with planning, from applicants to decision takers, to undertake their work in accordance with them. The Society and it’s members aim to meet the same standards.

The Seymour Drive ex-wood described by the Applicants as a “brownfield site!” See our post below.





Latest Articles …

No more developments which could make flooding worse! New Frogmore Objection

No more developments which could make flooding worse! For the last ten days the South Hams has been battered by heavy rains which have caused flooding on numerous roads and damage to houses. The A379 was blocked between East Charleton and Frogmore after what Police described as a “large landslip”. Despite this, development proposals...

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Road Verges Really Matter

  Today Plantlife International – The Wild Plant Conservation charity launch new road verge guidelines which provide a roadmap to fundamentally transform the management of the UK’s verges. This best practice guide is for all those engaged in verge management and creation and is the result of our collaboration with national highways...

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Planning Enforcement

  Compliance One of the South Hams District Council’s key corporate aims is to provide and safeguard an attractive built and natural environment. Planning enforcement, in association with other Council enforcement functions, contribute to the Corporate Enforcement Policy which has a key role to play in achieving this aim. The Council take...

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Fascinating story of Salcombe – The Fruit Schooner Port

    The South Hams Society warmly invites you aboard to hear the fascinating story of the merchant sailing ships of Salcombe and Kingsbridge in the 19th century, with particular reference to the famous fruit schooner ‘Isabella of Salcombe’ An illustrated talk by Roger Barrett (author of ‘SALCOMBE – Schooner Port’)...

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Water and us – ‘The Drip’

Introduced by a drip of water, this wonderful animation explores the natural water cycle and the impact of humans on our environment. It also takes a quirky look at the dark side, taking us on a thought provoking journey through the murky depths of our own waste only to surface in a bright vision for a healthier future. ‘Water catchment’...

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Illegal tree felling – Fiorenzo Sauro and Enzo Homes fined £300k

A property developer and his firm have been fined a total of £300,000 for ordering a 176-year-old giant redwood be cut down for new homes. Fiorenzo Sauro, 49, of Enzo Homes Ltd, paid to have 70 protected trees chopped down in Penllergaer, Swansea, in 2018. The tree contractor who carried out the illegal felling was fined £120,000 for destroying...

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Premier Inn Proposal – we need an informed public consultation

A Premier Inn for Kingsbridge? Join the Conversation Latest News, 19th October  Here is South Hams Society’s request to the Leader of the South Hams District Council, Judy Pearce, Council Officer Chris Brook and all SHDC Councilors asking for environmental and economic information to be made available to Kingbridge residents and the wider...

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SHDC calls for heavier fines for Planning breaches

The South Hams Society is very pleased to hear that South Hams District Council has passed a motion to lobby central government for stronger sanctions against breaches of planning law, including unauthorised damage and felling of trees.  This is a much-needed proposal that we hope will lead to change. Meanwhile, we believe improvements can and...

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Planning Appeal Refused – Highwood, Moult Road, Salcombe TQ8 8LG

Read the Inspectors full Decision  – Appeal  Ref: APP/K1128/W/19/3230870   The Members of the South Hams Society are delighted that the Inspector has refused a Planning Appeal for a development within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where the design of the property failed to conserve or enhance the AONB. As such the...

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Climate Change – Temperature Rise

Increasing temperatures and rising sea levels are just two symptoms of the complex climatic changes that have been apparent in the UK over recent decades. The graph above shows annual mean temperature for the UK, expressed as anomalies relative to the 1961–1990 average. The blue line is a smoothed trend, which is roughly equivalent to a 10-year...

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The NBN State Of Nature Report 2019

The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the NBN State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated. Following the State of Nature reports in 2013 and 2016,...

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On The Rack Over The Ramp!

White Stuff boss bids to save tennis court built without permission By Jonathan Morris BBC News Online 3 October 2019     Image copyright SOUTH HAMS DISTRICT COUNCIL/APEX Sean Thomas has been told to take down the garage, shown on the left, tennis court and skate ramp or face legal action A millionaire businessman who built a garage, tennis court...

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Join us now and help protect this beautiful part of England.

Membership costs just £10 a year. Click here to find out more about the benefits of becoming a full member of the South Hams Society.


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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are Britain’s best landscapes. There are 46 of them, all designated by government and protected by law. Each one has its own special character.

The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was designated by government in 1960. It covers 60 glorious miles of coastline, estuaries and countryside between Plymouth and Torbay.

The AONB is one of a family of protected landscapes in the UK. With the guidance of a Partnership Committee, the AONB Team work to enhance South Devon’s outstanding beauty, for which the designation was applied.

The special features of South Devon AONB include its rugged coastline, sandy beaches, secretive estuaries, patchwork countryside and historic villages – to name but a few! Visit the Coast & Countryside section and discover more.

PROTECTING TREES AND WOODS – THE SOUTH HAMS GUIDE Trees, hedges and woodland are an integral part of Devon’s countryside and towns, and they provide multiple benefits to society, including filtering air pollution, reducing surface water runoff /contributing to sustainable drainage, providing wildlife habitats, improving water quality and the stabilising of soils and slopes.
Devon’s hedges are particularly special. They are of great historical importance, define the county’s beautiful farmed landscapes, and support an immense amount of wildlife.

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