Thurlestone Rock {Photo by Geoff Foale)

A nice message from Alan Gorman, ex SHDC councillor (Green) on his resignation from the Society:

I'm very touched by your message, particularly as I have huge admiration for the work of the Society, the cogent reasoning which unfailingly characterises your own writing and campaigns, combined with the practicalities of beach cleaning etc. to keep everyone's feet on the ground. The District Council aren't the only ones with much to learn from this example. DCC too - particularly Highways, but don't get me started ...

I'm happy to report I'm getting married in the New Year and moving to Glasgow, which not only combines grit with culture, but also has an exciting Green Party! But I'll certainly keep consulting the S Hams Society website for a sane take on things.

Kind regards, Alan

  A quick guide.....

 The Society's objectives are:

To stimulate interest and care for the beauty, history and character of the South Hams.
To encourage high standards of planning and architecture that respect the character of the South Hams.
To secure the protection and improvement of the landscape, features of historic interest and public amenity.
To promote the conservation of the South Hams as a living, working environment.

There is more information on the Society, and an invitation to join it (only £10 a year!), at About/Join SHS.  Committee members, their contact details, and notes on their recent meetings are also under About.

We publish four bulletins a year.  Any issue since 2007 can be downloaded from About/Bulletins.

Beach cleans and the social programme for 2014 are at Events.

We take the South Devon AONB very seriously.  The pages under Protected Areas are intended to increase people's knowledge and appreciation of the AONB and the other designated areas.  If the protected landscape matters to you, you should look at the two items highlighted at the top of this page.

SHDC's Masterplanning SPD is a source of concern.   See the page under Planning.  There are also new pages on Environmental Impact Assessment and the Siting of Renewables in Devon.

Since the beginning of 2012 the Society has commented on planning applications in Bantham, Brixham, Buckland Tout Saints, Chivelstone, Dartington, Dean Prior, Frogmore & Sherford,Halwell & Moreleigh, Harberton, Kingsbridge, Loddiswell, Malborough, Modbury, Newton & Noss, North Huish, Salcombe, Stoke Fleming, Stoke Gabriel, Stokenham, Strete, Wembury and Woodleigh.  The texts are at Planning/Applications.