North Devon and Exmoor Seascape Character Assessment

SCA Front CoverStatus: Adopted

Author: Land Use Consultants

Adopted: 9th May 2016 (TDC)


The North Devon and Exmoor Seascape Character Assessment (SCA) was adopted by Torridge District Council on 9th May 2016.

Seascape character assessment is a technique that has been developed to facilitate systematic analysis, description and classification of the landscape.

Seascape is defined by Natural England in the terms of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) as: "An area of sea, coastline and land, as perceived by people, whose character results from the actions and interactions of land with sea, by natural and/or human factors"

The study area includes all of the coastal sections of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Exmoor National Park.  This assessment is based on new primary evidence, supporting secondary data and engagement of key stakeholders and representatives of the coastal communities of North Devon and Exmoor. The SCA defines 27 Seascape Character Areas for North Devon and Exmoor.

This Seascape Character Assessment will help provide baseline evidence to support strategic planning, development management decisions and provide guidelines for the conservation and enhancement of the areas special landscape qualities.

The Seascape Character Assessment is not intended to replace the Landscape Character Assessments in coastal areas where the studies overlap; instead the two resources should be used together to provide a fully integrated resource on landscape and seascape character.

pdf icon Seascape Character Assessment Whole Report [16Mb]

The North Devon and Exmoor Seascape Character Assessment is a substantial document, which for ease of access has been divided into the below sections to download.


pdf icon 01_Introduction [2Mb]

pdf icon 02_Method [3Mb]

pdf icon 03_Overview of character and the visual resource provided by the North Devon and Exmoor seascape [12Mb]

Seascape Character Area profiles

pdf icon 04_The Seascape Character Assessment Classification [5Mb]

pdf icon 05_Minehead to Hurlstone Point [2Mb]

pdf icon 06_Porlock Bay [1Mb]

pdf icon 07_Central Bristol Channel [1Mb]

pdf icon 08_Gore Point to Countisbury Cove [1Mb]

pdf icon 09_The Foreland and Lynmouth Bay [1Mb]

pdf icon 10_Valley of Rocks [1Mb]

pdf icon 11_Lee and Woody Bays [1Mb]

pdf icon 12_Woody Bay to Little Hangman [1Mb]

pdf icon 13_Lower Bristol Channel [1Mb]

pdf icon 14_Combe Martin and Ilfracombe Bays [1Mb]

pdf icon 15_Ilfracombe to Morte Point [1Mb]

pdf icon 16_Woolacombe Bay [1Mb]

pdf icon 17_Horseshoe Rocks [1Mb]

pdf icon 18_Outer Bideford Bay [1Mb]

pdf icon 19_Lundy [1Mb]

pdf icon 20_Lundy North [1Mb]

pdf icon 21_Croyde Bay & Baggy Point [1Mb]

pdf icon 22_Braunton Burrows and Saunton Coast [1Mb]

pdf icon 23_Taw-Torridge Estuary [1Mb]

pdf icon 24_Northam Burrows and Westward Ho! [1Mb]

pdf icon 25_Abbotsham Coast [1Mb]

pdf icon 26_Clovelly Coast [1Mb]

pdf icon 27_Inner Bideford Bay [1Mb]

pdf icon 28_Hartland North Coast [1Mb]

pdf icon 29_Hartland Atlantic Coast [1Mb]

pdf icon 30_Hartland Race [1Mb]

pdf icon 31_Lundy South [1Mb]


pdf icon 32_Appendix 1 [521kb]

pdf icon 33_Appendix 2 [151kb]

pdf icon 34_Appendix 3 [793kb]