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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

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TEUE Update February 2017

By WMLCG - posted Feb 18th 2017 at 4:45PM

TEUE Update February 2017

The revised Local Plan recently exhibited in various centres of Mid Devon outlined several “Priority Habitats” within the overall map. One of these was along West Manley Lane (985125) and after some prolonged correspondence, it appears that this was the work of Natural England some few years ago, on account of the deciduous trees within the copse next to Copplestone. ‘Priority Habitat’ status does not infer protection per se but flags up the need to examine carefully the contents of the site (vi*) The landowner has intimated the family’s desire to develop this site based on the old barn. In a recent e-mail (Feb 2017) the Tree Officer for MDDC “did not feel that there was any immediate need for a Tree Preservation Order” for Area B. Given the recent fate of the nearby ancient oak and the above intention, we must hope she is right!

At their February meeting, the MDDC Cabinet discussed and passed the Council’s intention to progress the next stage of the TEUE involving Masterplanning of Area B. The timing for this has apparently been put back until May to avoid Devon County Council elections. Full details are available on the MDDC Cabinet website. It seems that the difficulties being encountered with the link road access and the delay thus incurred may be having a direct effect on the entrance to Area B, whether it is through Mayfair or Manley Lane or both.

The Environment Agency has confirmed that it is no longer responsible for any flood related matters involving Ailsa Brook or surface water along West Manley Lane. This has now been passed to Devon County Council.

*For those wishing to read more, I attach Natural England’s advice on Priority Habitats.

“here are the links to the JCNN website and which explain about Priority Habitat. Priority Habitat was originally referred to as Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Habitat, and now appears to be known as habitats of principle importance.  Section 41 of the Natural Environment & Rural Community (NERC) Act 2006 requires the Secretary of State to publish a list of species and habitats that are of principle importance for the purpose of conserving biodiversity in England.   

Can local authorities create their own Species and Habitats lists?
Many Local Biodiversity Actions Plan’s contained plans, or lists of species which were of particular local concern but which, when considered across England, would not be considered of principle importance.  However, these habitats and species may have local relevance which local authorities may consider to be important.  It is the decision of the local authority whether they should adopt a local list and they may wish to do this where it was considered to be in keeping with local authority’s wider duties to biodiversity.

If you have suggestions and evidence for any particular species or habitat to be included in local plans then you may wish to raise it initially with your Local Nature Partnership or LBAP partnership, or a local contact in a national recording group or organisation. 

Can local authorities add to the national S41 list
Section 41 (4) requires the Secretary of State to keep the list of principle habitats and species under review, and to revise it (and publish the revised list) as appropriate.  The Act requires the Secretary of State to consult Natural England on any list (including revisions) published under this section of the Act.  The Act itself does not stipulate how revisions to the list will be undertaken, except that Natural England must be consulted.

For more information on The NERC Act, please click here.  For more information on the new strategy for people and wildlife in England: Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services , please click on the link above. 

Priority Habitat Inventory: Anyone with any queries about the data within the Priority Habitats Inventory (PHI) should email the Habitat Inventories inbox here: This would include requests / suggestions for additions to the inventory (or even deletions or change of habitat type). The request will then be looked at and the inventory altered (if sufficient evidence is supplied).”


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