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Conservation and Planning

Conservation and Planning

Due to the beautiful setting of Sidmouth, developers are constantly trying to build more and more properties often in the AONB. (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Our committee monitor the Local Authority websites on a regular basis in order that we can comment on the significant applications 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 and Hospitality Association. Brian Hall sits on The AONB group on behalf of The SVA.

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.

In January 2012 we submitted a detailed response to The Revised Local Development Framework published by EDDC on December 1st 2011. Click HERE for The SVA reply and to go on to the Save Our Sidmouth Campaign Pages..


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