An ambitious vision for a huge new park in East Devon is in the running for a top South West planning award.
The district council’s Clyst Valley Regional Park is one of ten projects shortlisted.
It is up against Torbay Heritage Strategy ‘Excellence in Plan Making’ category of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2021.
Winners will be announced in November.
“Given the high calibre of entries, the judges will no doubt find it difficult to pick an overall winner…”
The protected green space proposed – described as being ‘half the size of Exeter’ – will take in Clyst St George, Broadclyst, Poltimore, Killerton, Ashclyst, Cranbrook, Whimple and Bishops Court.
A ‘multi-disciplinary team’ at East Devon District Council (EDDC) has turned the vision into a 25-year masterplan,backed up by public support and a partnership of 17 organisations.
The area covered by the proposed Clyst Valley Regional Park. Image: EDDC
Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said: “I am delighted for the hardworking and dedicated officers and team who worked on the Clyst Valley Regional Park Masterplan successfully being shortlisted.
“It is so important whilst we recognise the need for extra housing and infrastructure, we should not lose sight of the importance of protecting and improving our countryside.
“The masterplan is to make the area around the Clyst River catchment more accessible for people to appreciate and enjoy, plus to improve and enhance the biodiversity for nature and most importantly locally, help towards protecting against global climate change.”
RTPI South West chair Angharad Williams added: “The shortlisted entries are a mix of outstanding planning, reflecting the really high standards and achievements of the planning profession throughout the South West.
“Given the high calibre of entries, the judges will no doubt find it difficult to pick an overall winner.”