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Conservation and Planning

Conservation and Planning

Developers are constantly trying to build more  properties in Sidmouth, often in the AONB. (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

We monitor Planning Applications in the Sid Vale on a regular basis in order that we can comment  as appropriate. Our aim is to ensure that any proposed development follows Government Guidelines and relevant local plans and policies.

We strive to maintain a good working relationship with Town, District and County Councils. We also liaise closely with other groups such as The Chamber of Commerce.

We are taking advantage of the new ‘Localism Bill’ to encourage The Town Council to promote a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ for The Sid Valley. We are doing this in conjunction with other groups in the community.

Since 2011 we have been in correspondance and have made represenations to EDDC for the  Local Plan published by EDDC on December 1st 2011. Click HERE for The SVA reply and to go on to the Save Our Sidmouth Campaign Pages, where SVA play the lead role.


East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty LogoMuch of the countryside surrounding Sidmouth has been designated an AONB. This means that special protection is given to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Sid Valley landscape. The coast also forms part of England's first natural World Heritage site, the Jurassic Coast.

The East Devon AONB is notable for its varied and dramatic scenery, tranquil estuaries, sheer red mudstone cliffs, and wooded hills and combes.

To find out more visit the East Devon AONB website -



Committee Chairman:Richard Thurlow, e-mail richard.thurlow@tesco.net