• Sensitive countryside assessed for nearby housing impacts

    12th November 2012 | News | Claire
  • Across Exeter, Teignbridge and East Devon, over 40,000 new houses are expected to be built by 2026.

    Natural England fears that the new development could have a negative impact on wildlife and birds on European protected countryside, such as the Exe Estuary and pebblebed heaths in East Devon.

    This is due to increased use by walkers, dogs, cats and horse riders.

    Now the councils are asking people to complete a short survey on their recreational habits relating to the protected areas. 

    Residents are also being asked what they think of a range of measures proposed to offset any negative impacts, caused by a large increase in people visiting the areas.

    If you wish to take part – and I urge that you do if you regularly visit the Exe Estuary or Woodbury Common, for example – visit this link

    Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/surveyrecreation2012