View of open fields - Eastern Urban Development Extension
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The hedgerows of West Manley Lane are afforded protection under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997... this importance relates to the botanical diversity of woody species and the association of protected and / or rare species of animals

Devon Wildlife Consultants Report 2009

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Tiverton Grand Canal and its environs with its walking and cycling leisure opportunities is of great importance giving pleasure to locals and tourists as well as providing biodiversity and economic benefits for the local community

Devon Wildlife Consultants Report 2009

About West Manley Lane Conservation Group (WMLCG)

Threat of housing south of West Manley Lane lifted

 

At its meeting on 27th June 2018 the full council voted to accept the motion 'that the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document be amended to encompass the

proposed changes as set out in Appendix B and adopted; and that the April 2014 Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document be revoked.  

Therefore the housing land parcels on the southern side of West Manley Lane will be removed from the masterplan'. 

 

At its meeting on 4th January 2018, the MDDC Cabinet discussed and then voted in favour of the amendment to the Masterplan to remove any planned housing development south of West Manley Lane in Area A. WMLCG is grateful to the Cabinet members for their attention and consideration.

Although there was some unease regarding the effect of “nibbling away” at the Masterplan, surely it suggests that our elected representatives are able to listen and act on our behalf if and when we express our concern: democracy in action.

Dave Collier and Roger Whittlesey spoke from the public gallery and were joined by Adam Pilgrim from the Grand Western Canal Trust, for which we thank him.

The printed representations are attached to the WMLCG website.

As of the 22 FEb 2018 MDDC is 'hosting ' a public consultation event regarding removal of these 'housing clusters' between the follow dates:

22 Feb - 5 April 2018

at Phoenix House Tiverton.

 

 

Update on TEUE Area B

As of October 2015, preparation for TEUE's Area B is well underway. MDDC has begun discussions with landowners, one of whom has alreday submitted a representation. The Council has appointed Peter Brett Associates, David Hawes Urban Design and Hilton Barton Architects to help them draw up a 'Design Guide' for the overall area and has hosted a tour of Mid Devon to view what is good and bad in current, recent and earlier housing development and building. WMLCG was represented on this coach trip.

Environment Agency has  performed surveys of flooding matters, particularly along the Ailsa Brook valley. It is understood that relevant ecological  studies have already been undertaken.  

 Attention has been drawn to appropriate Council officers and councillors that, at this early stage, one apparently healthy mature Oak tree standing within one of fields ear-marked for development has already been felled as pictured above and below.



Important Announcement Regarding Area A

At the Planning Committee meeting of April 22nd 2015, it was announced that the outline plan had been amended, thus removing the area south of West Manley Lane from the application site and all accesses to the Lane from the development north of hedge bank, as originally  contained in Area A of the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension.

The eight year campaign to protect and enhance the Lane for both people and wildlife has reached a satisfactory conclusion, and West Manley Lane Conservation Group is grateful to all those who have supported our cause.

The land so released remains in the ownership of Chettiscombe Trust; it is hoped that it will be incorporated into the MDDC’s Green Infrastructure plan when this is finalised. Further, the multi-ownership land which comprises Area B of the TEUE has yet to be ‘Masterplanned’.  Watch this space!

More details can be read in the News, and Reports and Documents Section see the revised map below.

Revised Outline Application Map (Chettiscombe Trust)

West Manley Lane Conservation Group was formed by a body of like-minded local residents seeking to protect and enhance the surrounding unique environment from the potential loss of its amenity to both the people and wildlife, in the event of any future unsuitable plan for development.   The Group strongly believes that the land to the south of West Manley Lane should be excluded from the mixed use allocation (see WMLCG Representation 2009 on Reports and Documents page).

 By simply adding a further 11 acres (shown as orange hatch) onto the already designated SSSI/Green Infrastructure (AIDPD), the Group argues that the resultant green corridor would be preserved and enhanced for the people of Tiverton for its amenity value, recreational usage, educational interest and wildlife.

In the Planning Inspectors’ Report to the Mid Devon District Council (MDDC) August 2010 regarding the AIDPD, paragraph 3.48 outlines their concern regarding the potential adverse impact to West Manley Lane and the surrounding ”Conservation Area”, which lies at the heart of the Group’s opinion.

Within the various sections of the website, we have set out to illustrate both past and present matters of interest within the “Conservation Area” be they historical, political or environmental which we hope will be of value to people using the locality to learn more about it and in so-doing, perhaps make their views known to MDDC as future development plans unfold.

By simply adding a further 11 acres (shown as orange hatch) onto the already designated SSSI/Green Infrastructure (AIDPD), the Group believes that the resultant green corridor would be preserved and enhanced for the people of Tiverton for its amenity value, recreational usage and wildlife.

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