Recent AONB management documents

Management plan
2019-2024 draft

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Find out more about the draft management plan and how to give feedback

Management plan
2014-2019

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Find out more about the current management plan

State of the Blackdown Hills 2017

A report assessing the ‘health’ of Blackdown Hills protected landscape and trends over time, thereby helping to inform the AONB’s management plan.

Annual review 2017

A summary of the work completed from April 2016 to March 2017.

Download previous year’s annual reviews

Planning guides

Design guide for houses

How buildings and settlements contribute to the character of the Blackdown Hills landscape

Good lighting guide

Light pollution and dark skies in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

What makes a view?

An exploration into views of the Blackdown Hills AONB: where they occur; how they’re experienced; how they’re portrayed; how they relate to landscape character; and what’s changing them.

National Planning Policy Framework

Sets out government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

Using landscape character assessments in neighbourhood planning

An opportunity to enhance your distinctive local environment and positively shape the place where you live.

Blackdown Hills Heritage Forum

Historic environment report

The historic environment of the Blackdown Hills AONB by Devon county archaeologist, Bill Horner.

Finger posts

A presentation on the importance of Somerset’s traditional fingerposts. South West Heritage Trust, Blackdown Hills Heritage Forum, May 2017.  More on Somerset’s fingerpost restoration project

RAF Culmhead

Heritage Environment Programme study of the surviving structures and history of the former RAF fighter station. By Hazel Riley.

Blackdown Hills monasteries

A presentation on the monasteries of the Blackdown Hills by John Allan. Blackdown Hills Heritage Forum May 2017.

Iron working survey

Blackdown Hills iron working survey 2013 – interim report. Cox, M and Gilmour, B.

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