THE SOUTH DEVON AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE
HELD AT CHILLINGTON VILLAGE HALL ON FRIDAY 14th June 2019
Planning and Extinction crisis
Geoffrey Osborn, our (Amenity Groups) Representative on the AONB Partnership Committee, noted that all three Neighbourhood Plans in the Torbay District received combined approval in May’s referendum of 30,011 votes, representing 89% of votes cast on a turnout of 33%. Geoffrey, and a number of representatives of Amenity Groups, had a useful meeting with the AONB Partnership Chairman to explore how Amenity Groups can strengthen ties with Partnership Committee Members and how they could assist the AONB Manager, by continuing to liaise with Amenity Groups, such as the South Hams Society and the Dartmouth and Kingswear Society regarding controversial planning cases, in particular on the Salcombe Kingsbridge estuary and Dartmouth.
The Selworthy House planning appeal has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector. Geoffrey commented that the South Hams Society objection was particularly useful. Geoffrey and Robert Brook arranged to meet with the AONB Manager straight after the June meeting, to go through a few further planning cases.
Dr Ken Neal and Richard Snow provided a presentation of the Salcombe Project. Of particular note were the Statistics that 56% of native British species have declined over the last fifty years, and more than 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have been lost since the Second World War. The cuckoo has declined by 80% in Devon and the grey partridge is now extinct in Cornwall. Mammal populations, such as the hedgehog and water vole, declined up to 66% over the past twenty year!
HERE ARE THE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING AND THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING to be held at
10am on Friday 6th December 2019 at Holbeton Village Hall
Ed Parr Ferris is unable to attend the meeting however he has provided an update on items relevant to the agenda
Update to Item 6c: Current and recent key applications