Guide Landscape

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1. The 2019 Landscape Character Assessment

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 2019

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 in 2018.

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 understand 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 final version of the Landscape Character Assessment can be viewed here.

The draft version which was consulted on can be viewed below:

The draft Landscape Character Assessment can be viewed here.


The draft Landscape Character Assessment was produced in September 2018 and consultation on the draft document concluded in February 2019.

The consultation comments received can be viewed below:

Barton Willmore
Colaton Raleigh Parish Council
Cranbrook Town Council
David Lock Associates on behalf of East Devon New Community Partners
Devon County Council
Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon Gardens Trust
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Exmouth Community Association
Hawkchurch Parish Council
Lichfields on behalf of Bourne Leisure
Marine Management Organisation
Natural England
Otter Valley Association
Mr P Girling
R Churchill
Savills on behalf of Hallam Land Management Ltd
South West Water
Taunton Deane Borough Council
The Jurassic Coast Trust
West Hill Parish Council

We plan to take a feedback report and amended Landscape Character Assessment to Strategic Planning Committee of the Council on 26 March 2019 with a recommendation for approval.

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: /privacy