PEOPLE across North Devon are being given a say on how the beautiful North Devon coast should be managed in the future. In the run up to its 50th anniversary, the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is reviewing its management stra

PEOPLE across North Devon are being given a say on how the beautiful North Devon coast should be managed in the future.In the run up to its 50th anniversary, the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is reviewing its management strategy. The document will influence the way the coastal landscape will be managed in the future and how communities and businesses can do their bit to live sustainably in such a unique area. The partnership has created a draft management strategy but is keen to listen to the views of everyone who has an interest in the North Devon coast from landowners to casual visitors. People in Torridge and North Devon Council areas are asked for their views on the plans, which affect the way villages and towns could develop and how land throughout the region may be used in the future.Linda Blanchard, AONB Manager said: "We must look after our special coastal area for future generations to enjoy but the area also needs to earn its keep by supporting the income of a large number of local people, being a place where we can go to enjoy sports and get fit or to escape the pressure of daily life. The coast is precious to all of us in our different ways. This plan aims to get the best result for everyone now and in the future."The coastal landscape is protected by law as one of England's finest landscapes and is equivalent to a National Park in landscape terms. Not only is it home to many rare plants and animals, but it is also a place where farmers make their living and the plan aims to ensure that their needs are also considered. It comes under increased pressure from the millions of people who visit it every year and contribute to the local economy. Cllr Faye Webber, North Devon Council Lead Member for the Environment said: "It is really important that we protect our unique landscape in a way that not only benefits the environment, but also the local economy. I would like to encourage everyone to give us their views on this important strategy that describes how we plan to do this."Cllr Miranda Cox, Torridge District Council Lead Member for the Biosphere said: "We live in such a beautiful area with pressure from development and the effects of climate change. Please send in your views on the strategy that is there to protect and enhance our landscapes and biodiversity for the future."To take part in the survey visit www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultationfinder. People are asked to give their feedback by Tuesday, September 30.For more information or to take part in a Management Strategy consultation workshop in September, contact Jessica Hall on 01271 388327 or email jessica.hall@northdevon.gov.uk.