Campaign to Protect Rural England clarifies its position on preservation of coasts and estuaries
Sunday, 02 March 2014 1 Comment by Claire
The Devon branch of the Campaign To Protect Rural England (CPRE) has moved to clarify its position on protection for coasts and estuaries, after its East Devon chairman, Tim Hale, appeared to argue in favour of removing the protection for the Exe estuary.
Mr Hale seemed to be arguing in favour of a developer’s position at EDDC’s local plan examination in public environment session, who wanted to remove the protection was he said it acted as a “constraint” to development.
In response to local public concern about the issue , the CPRE’s website now states: “There may be some misunderstanding of the position that CPRE Devon takes on defending the environment when it comes to planning applications in those areas involving our coasts and estuaries. Our general approach is set out in the “Help Desk” Blue Square on this page.
“The complexities surrounding this whole area in planning terms demand that we make the very most of the numerous designations that abound, and view our beautiful and largely unspoiled estuaries that are such a feature of our landscape and vital to the local economy, as priorities for protection. We do recognise that the proliferation of these designations can be confusing.
“It is a feature of local planning that we all have to take notice of the numerous designations that affect decisions. The Coastal Preservation Areas (CPA), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), RAMSAR Sites, Heritage Coasts and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) have been so designated because of their national and local importance.
“As an example; a designated Coastal Preservation Area along the west shore of the Exe Estuary has already been accepted by the Inspector as part of the Teignbridge Local Plan; it therefore makes no sense to deny this designation along the opposite shore.
“In short; CPRE Devon would oppose any re-designation of these areas, no matter how great the pressure from the development industry.”
This will be extremely welcome news for many in East Devon (including me) who were very worried indeed by the arguments they heard at the EDDC local plan environment examination in public session on Friday 14 February.
Here is the relevant page - http://www.cpredevon.org.uk/topics/coasts-and-estuaries-designated-areas/