Natural England will now formally consult members of the East Devon public, to get their views at an open meeting next month.

Those unable to attend the consultation may send their comments to Natural England by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or by post to c/o Carys Coleman, Block B, Government Buildings, Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2LQ, by 15 January 2015.

The public meeting will take place at Ottery St Mary Scout Centre, Winters Lane, on 14 January 2015 at 6.30pm.

Please note parking is not available on site. Attendees should use public car parks in the town centre.

Photograph:  The beautiful River Otter between Ottery St Mary and Tipton St John.