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.


Latest Articles …

Help with hedgerow tree tagging

Dear all Can you please help find farmers willing to identify and tag hedgerow trees this winter, to grow on to become standards? One of our targets in the Saving Devon’s Treescapes project is to tag 12,000 hedgerow trees, to replace ash.  We would like to make a start this winter.  Can you help,...

Search for Appeal Decisions

Every development proposal is ‘unique’. However, planning decisions must be taken in accordance with the local and national plans. Ministerial Statements and case law have also to be considered. It is often important to consider the decisions made in similar cases to the one you are researching,...

TPO 966 W1: Plantation House site in Bennett Road.

Thought you would want to see that a new Woodland Order TPO notice that has been served by the Tree Office of South Hams District Council for part of the Plantation House site in Bennett Road, as TPO 966 W1 The reasons for serving the Order are:- The trees are prominent in the landscape and...

57th Annual General Meeting

The 57th Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Thursday April 26th at Kingsbridge Community College at 7 p.m. At 7.30 p.m. after the formal business, there will be a discussion on “Transparency in Planning and the proposed changes to the National Planning Policy...

Other Planning Documents

This page includes documents on general planning matters.  For responses to specific applications go to the Planning applications page. The following letter from Richard Howell, who is a member of the Society, appeared in the Kingsbridge Gazette of 13/03/13: Three topics dominated discussion when...

Proposed Wind Turbine at Winslade Farm, Frogmore

Planning application 43/2567/13/F, submitted to SHDC in November 2013, sought approval for a wind turbine and its associated infrastructure at SX776419, on Winslade Farm, Frogmore. It would supply electricity to the farm. Hub height would be 24.6m, tip height 34.2m. SHDC’s Development...

Siting of Renewables

At the request of Devon County Council and  the Devon Landscape Policy Group a London firm called Land Use Consultants has produced a document titled Guidance on the Siting, Design and Assessment of Wind and Solar PV Developments in Devon.  It is intended as a draft for a new DLPG Advice Note No....

Neighbourhood Plans

The Localism Act of 1911 introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape development by coming together to prepare neighbourhood plans. Neighbourhood planning can be taken forward by two types of body – town and parish councils or ‘neighbourhood forums’. ...

National Park Bid

Following the publication of its 2012 Designation Strategy, Natural England is carrying out a strategic review of the extent and diversity of existing Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks (NPs) to establish whether there is potential scope for future new designations. ...

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

It appears that Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) could help us in our efforts to protect the local environment and to prevent or mitigate development that is inappropriate or poorly thought through. The rules are fairly difficult to understand if one has no planning experience. I have no such...

Record of discussion between SHDC and SHS

Present: SHDC – Steve Jorden, Ross Kennerley South Hams Society – Vivien Napper, John Chalmers   The South Hams Society wishes to raise the points below concerning the District Council’s planning processes:   1. Describe the Society and the Bulletin article that gave...

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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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