SAVE Clyst St Mary is a campaign started to object to large scale development in and around the village.

It has been started by a group of local residents who want to protect the character of the village as they believe that substantial residential schemes, which would see the village grow by 120 per cent, will considerably alter the whole identity of the village.

They also believe that the developments would have a detrimental effect on the local community by overloading the infrastructure (including an already heavily congested traffic system) causing potential increased flooding with the loss of green spaces, and inevitably causing the destruction of the beauty of the East Devon landscape.

The Local Plan for Clyst St Mary agreed the provision of 93 new dwellings in the village and after obtaining the necessary planning permission, these developments have recently commenced. The group believes that this provision fully meets the housing requirements of the village.

Applications for outline planning permission have recently been submitted for 304 residential units by Friends Provident on a green/brown field site at Winslade Park.

In addition, property developers have submitted an application for 93 dwellings on a green field site near the Cat and Fiddle with another developer proposing a further 40 houses on a green field site adjoining Winslade Park.

Gaeron Kayley and Ingrid Quick, two of the organisers of the Save Clyst St Mary campaign, said: “This level of development would double the population of Clyst St Mary and turn a small, rural village into a characterless town!

“We must all understand that wherever we manage or influence how others manage land of any size or scale, we must place the protection of our unique local communities and our landscape at the heart of local decisions. We must hope that the local authority will focus on their responsibility to protect and maintain the amenity quality, character and identity of local villages, to conserve and promote wise use of land and protect and enhance the landscape of East Devon’.

Anyone wanting to support the campaign can find further details on their website: http://www.saveclyststmary.org.uk. Residents are encouraged to attend the Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 7 in Clyst St Mary Primary School and ensure letters of objection are submitted to East Devon District Council by the deadline, January 15.