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