South Hams SAC SPD Consultation

Devon County Council, in partnership with Dartmoor National Park, South Hams District Council, Teignbridge District Council and Torbay Council, are consulting on a draft…


‘South Hams Special Area of Conservation Greater Horseshoe Bats Supplementary Planning Document’


The document is being prepared to provide guidance on the implementation of policies relating to the South Hams Special Area of Conservation, specifically on the population of greater horseshoe bats for which the site is (in part) designated.

The document updates and replaces the South Hams Special Area of Conservation Greater Horseshoe Bat Consultation Zone Planning Guidance published by Natural England in 2010.

The consultation is now closed.

Responses received are posted 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