The South Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty

South Devon 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

Plan/P2 Decision-taking Development management decisions will give great weight to the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the South Devon AONB; and support development that is appropriate and proportionate to its setting within or adjacent to the South Devon AONB.

Plan/P3 Planning protocol Local – Planning Authorities will consult the South Devon AONB Unit on planning policy and significant planning applications following the agreed planning protocol, and use the South Devon AONB Management Plan as a material consideration to inform plan-making and decision-taking.

Following public consultation an Estuaries Management Plan covering 2016 – 2024 for the five estuaries in the South Devon AONB has been finalised. A text only version is available to download from this page. The Plan brings together the previous individual management plans of the Yealm, Erme, Avon, Salcombe-Kingsbridge and Dart estuaries within one plan. The Estuaries Management Plan also now ties in more strongly with the South Devon AONB Management Plan.

Treasure your local estuary!

The special qualities of the AONB

The following list of special qualities define the unique “natural beauty” for which the South Devon AONB is designated as a nationally important protected landscape:

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