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Annual Monitoring Report 2022 - 2023

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7. Great Places to Live and Work

Natural Environment

Condition of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Units (Natural England)

There are a total of 28 SSSI sites

Condition of SSSI Units 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23
Favourable condition 76% 68% 72% 72% 71% 71% 70% 69% 67.5%
Unfavourable recovering 21% 21% 20% 20% 20% 21% 21% 20% 20%
Unfavourable no change 0% 4% 3% 3% 3% 3% 4% 2% 2%
Unfavourable declining 2% 7% 5% 5% 6% 5% 5% 9% 10.5%

Source: Natural England

County Wildlife Sites

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23
Number of County Wildlife Sites 168 168 168 168 168 169  168 174 177
Covering Hectares 3044 3044 3048 3048 2981 2898  3007 3355.5 3073

Source: Devon Biodiversity Records Centre

A number of agreements to mitigate biodiversity impacts of development have been secured through the planning application process.

Number of Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans

We currently have 35 conservation areas.

Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDP)

In 2023 there are 10 approved NDP across the Local Plan area. In 2023 Ipplepen joined Abbotskerswell, Bishopsteignton, Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, Exminster, Ide, Kenton, Newton Abbot and Ogwell, making a total of 10 adopted Neighbourhood Plans