South Hams SAC Guidance

Further to public consultation, the guidance has been amended and endorsed by officers forming the South Hams SAC Steering Group (Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council, South Hams District Council, Torbay Council, Dartmoor National Park and Natural England). This document should be used as interim guidance until it has been formally agreed by all local authorities. This is expected to take place throughout July and August at the relevant Local Authority Committees or by the Portfolio holders. We will notify relevant stakeholders once this document has been formally agreed.

Interim South Hams SAC – HRA Guidance with respect to Greater Horseshoe Bats (2019) 

This document is no longer a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The final consultation zones will be added to the Devon County Council Environment Viewer by early August.

A summary of the consultation responses and the outcomes can be found here. The previous version of the guidance document and the full consultation responses can be found below.

South Hams SAC SPD Consultation Draft

Response Form

DCC Environment Viewer

Environment Viewer Instructions

Data Collection Methodology (Annex 3)

Sustenance Zone and Landscape Connectivity Zone Justification

Privacy Notice

Please note that the majority of the Advice Notes that are being produced to sit alongside the SPD will be factual and include:

  • Advice on Habitats Regulations Assessment and template
  • Greater Horseshoe Bat Ecology
  • Mitigation (current best practice) including separate Advice Note on lighting

Partners will be given the opportunity to input into these Advice Notes. 

The Advice Notes will not be available during the SPD consultation. These will be informally consulted upon at a later date. 

An Advice Note on Survey is also being developed and, whilst this is not part of the SPD, an informal consultation will take place to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to comment on the survey specification being recommended.

If you have any queries that are not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions, please use the contact details below:


 Dartmoor National Park

01626 831066

 Devon County Council

01392 381222

South Hams District Council

01803 861234

Teignbridge District Council

01626 215735

Torbay Council

01803 208804