Consultation extended over masterplan for Clyst Valley regional park in East Devon

A public consultation has been extended to give people more time to consider plans for a huge new regional park spanning the Clyst Valley in East Devon.

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The closing date for the Clyst Valley Regional Park public consultation has been extended by more than a week to 9am on Monday, January 18, 2021.

The extension has been made to give people more time amid coronavirus restrictions to comment on proposals for the large green space.

The green space will take in Clyst St George, Broadclyst, Poltimore, Killerton, Ashcylst Forest, Cranbrook, Whimple and Bishops Court.

Many areas proposed for the Clyst Valley Regional Park are not currently accessible to residents and visitors.

A masterplan for the project suggests improvements for the next 25 years and aims to restore nature and historic buildings, create trails, and tackle climate change and flooding.

Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said:“I’m very pleased to see the number of people and organisations that have responded so far with some very interesting suggestions and ideas.

“However, because we are unable to hold public meetings or meet people at the moment due to the pandemic, it has been agreed to extend the consultation period to allow people some extra time to read the proposals and to submit their views.”

Some of the ideas mooted in the masterplan include:

  • A Clyst Valley Trail linking the Exe Estuary Trail to the Exe Valley Way;
  • An extension to Cranbrook Country Park;
  • A land-based learning centre and café at Broadclyst Community Farm;
  • A new cycle trail linking Cranbrook to Exeter along a quiet route;
  • Renaturalising the River Clyst between Clyst Honiton and Cranbrook;
  • A major increase in trees through both planting and natural regeneration;
  • A new visitor hub at Ashclyst Farm and cycle/pedestrian links into the forest from Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Killerton.
The area covered by the proposed Clyst Valley Regional Park. Image: EDDC

The area covered by the proposed Clyst Valley Regional Park. Image: EDDC

EDDC said the Clyst Valley was ‘on the doorstep of a rapidly growing population’ in the west end of East Devon.

The district council said ‘now more than ever, it is crucial that local people can get outside, enjoy nature and explore the East Devon countryside for their health and wellbeing’.