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The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan

The Society submitted the following response to the July 2016 consultation: Response of the South Hams Society to the consultation on a new local plan for Plymouth, West Devon and the South Hams As a comment on process, the consultation period of six weeks over the holiday period is too short. This is particularly worrying given that people in the South Hams felt they had not been properly...

AONB Designation History

The combined history of the North and South Devon AONBs, reproduced below with his permission, was written by Ray Woolmore, who was a Senior Planning Officer with the Countryside Commission/Agency from 1968-99. He is currently a National Association of Areas of Outstanding Beauty (NAAONB) Board Member, and also acts as a consultant to Natural England, CPRE Gloucestershire and The Friends of the...

Campaigning for Protection

Over recent months the chair and three members of the Society approached Sarah Wollaston (MP for Totnes) about planning permissions which were being granted for sites in AONBs but which seemed contrary to government policy. Our concerns were similar to those raised at a national level by the National Trust’s report ‘Development in and Affecting Areas of Outstanding Natural...

Development in the South Devon AONB

(These notes are intended to help anybody who becomes concerned at a threat of substantial inappropriate development in the AONB but is uncertain how to combat it. If that is where you are and you want help or support we may be able to put you in touch with somebody who has experience of a similar problem. Please feel free to e-mail us at In national policy terms an...

AONB Planning Protocol

A new agreement between the South Devon AONB Partnership and the planning authorities administering land in the AONB was adopted in February 2011. The Society put forward a number of recommendations, not all of which were accepted. The text is below. SOUTH DEVON AONB PARTNERSHIP Protocol for AONB Unit Involvement in Planning and Development Control Issues Background The South Devon Area of...

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