The Landscape of East Devon

East Devon is blessed with a landscape of exceptional quality. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) cover around two thirds of the District and much of the coastline forms part of a World Heritage site.

Landscape Character Assessment - 2018

Consultation Draft – East Devon and Blackdown Hills Landscape Character Assessment

A Landscape Character Assessment is a tool to help understand what the landscape is like today, how it came to be like that, and how it may change in the future.  East Devon District Council, working with Devon County Council, the Blackdown Hills AONB partnership and the East Devon AONB partnership commissioned Fiona Fyfe Associates to produce a new Landscape Character Assessment and we are now consulting on a draft report.

East Devon and the Blackdown Hills contain a rich diversity of landscapes within which people live, work and enjoy free time. The Landscape Character Assessment promotes the conservation and enhancement of these landscapes and their distinctive qualities, whilst accommodating people’s needs and responding to changes and pressures.

It seeks to provide an easy to understood and comprehensive framework which will help to shape landscape-based projects across the area. It is not intended to inhibit innovative planning or design, but should aid understanding of how and where positive change could take place without losing distinctive landscape character.

The draft Landscape Character Assessment can be viewed here.

Consultation Details

The draft Landscape Character Assessment was produced in September 2018 and we are now seeking views on the document before producing a final version in 2019.

The period for you to submit comments runs from Thursday 6 December 2018 with a closing time and date of 9.00 am on Monday 4 February 2019.  Comments will need to be received by this deadline or they may not be considered. We have not provided a comments from but would be happy to receive your written observations by either email or post which should be sent to: or

Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth  EX10 8HL

What happens next?

Following the consultation we will consider all responses received. We will then amend the document accordingly and submit it to the East Devon District Council Strategic Planning Committee recommending adoption.

If you would like any further information about the Landscape Character Assessment, or guidance on submitting comments, please contact the planning policy section on 01395 517483.

Please note that we usually upload comments to the website including the name of the person commenting, although personal details (signature, address, email and telephone number) are redacted. Where comments are received from an organisation or business, contact details will not usually be redacted. In some cases, for instance where comments are deemed to be offensive or confidential, comments may not be made public or an officer summary may be uploaded instead.

Data protection

Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of the Landscape Character Assessment consultation and may inform other planning policy work.

Your information may also be shared within East Devon District Council for the purpose of carrying out our lawful functions. Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes.

Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary. There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing. Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant Privacy Notice which can be accessed at:

The Previous Landscape Character Assessment

The previous Landscape Character Assessment dates back to 2008 and details are provided below.

 Landscape Character Map

The above map has an ordnance survey base map, and the legend identifies the 13 landscape character types (LCTs) which relate to East Devon.

How to use the guidelines

  1. Find out where your site is by clicking on then viewing the large map on these pages which has an ordnance survey (OS) base map with the landscape character types (LCT) overlaid on top as a see-through layer. 
  2. Use the OS base map to find out which landscape character type (LCT) your site is located in.
  3. Either go to the full LCA & MG document or open the individual LCT sections that your site is within to confirm what information there is on the landscape condition, features and proposed management guidelines for that LCT. 
  4. Use the information there to help guide your landscape proposals or development.

Landscape Character Assessment and Management Guidelines 

Each section of the document is available through the links below: -

 Introduction and appendices 

Landscape Character Type 1: Plateaux

Landscape Character Type 2: Scarp slopes

Landscape Character Type 3: Valley Slopes

Landscape Character Type 4: Valley Floors

Landscape Character Type 5: Cliffs