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Devon County Council website for information on A30 road improvement from Honiton to Devonshire Inn.

Blackdown Hills AONB position statement:

View the AONB response to the A30 consultation

Design Guide for Houses

The local vernacular building style is an essential part of the AONB's distinctive character. If you are involved in designing,  building, extending or renovating a house in the Blackdown Hills, this 24-page guide will help you to get it right. As well as being a practical guide for modern development, it also offers a fascinating history of the area's buildings.

Download the Design Guide for Houses

Local planning responsibilities

The landscape and beauty of the Blackdown Hills are protected in planning, and all public bodies and statutory undertakers must have regard to the area's AONB status in performing their duties.

The Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership acts as an adviser to local planning authorities, but we do not prepare statutory planning documents or determine planning applications. Instead we rely on the district, borough and county councils to follow their own AONB planning policies and protect the area's natural beauty from harm.

We are consulted on a variety of planning applications that are likely to have a significant impact on the AONB landscape and features, or which would set a precedent. However, we do not comment on applications which have a limited impact, for example residential extensions.

If you have any queries or questions about how AONB status may affect your development proposals or planning applications, we recommend that you contact the planning department of the relevant local authority.

Useful documents :

Blackdown Hills AONB position statement on large scale commercial wind energy (revised 2007)

Also see the climate change page for information and guidance on renewable energy in the AONB

Blackdown Hills AONB position statement on noise

National Planning Policy Framework

Planning Portal

Using Landscape Character assessments in Neighbourhood Planning Devon Landscape Policy Group Advice Note

Horses, the landscape and you - guide to keeping horses in protected landscapes. Produced by the South West Protected Landscapes Forum.

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Walk, cycle and ride on our suggested routes around the Hills.

Click here to see all routes.

Planning a visit or looking for something to do this weekend? Check the Diary of Events here

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