AONB management documents

Management plan

Describes the AONB’s special qualities, explains why the AONB is important, sets out an agreed vision for its future and identifies challenges and opportunities, and how these will be tackled.

Management Plan 2019-2024

Introduction to managing the Blackdown Hills AONB

This guide gives an insight into the special qualities of the Blackdown Hills AONB and briefly sets out our vision and objectives for managing the area.

State of the Blackdown Hills 2021

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

State of the Blackdown Hills 2017

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

Government review responses

Landscapes review

December 2018

Blackdown Hills AONB’s response to the Government’s review to consider the next steps for National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty sites (AONBs) in England.

Read about the Landscapes Review

Health & Harmony review

May 2018

Our response to the Government’s consultation on the future for food, farming and the environment in England.

Read about the Health & Harmony review

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.

Aerial Investigation and Mapping Project

An archaeological aerial investigation centred on Blackdown Hills AONB, undertaken between 2016 and 2018.

Historic England field boundary report

An integrated approach to valuing environmental capital & services (boundaries & linear landscape features)

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