South East Devon Habitat Regulations Partnership
Teignbridge, East Devon District and Exeter City Councils have established the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Partnership (SEDHRP), to help protect three internationally important conservation sites for future generations to enjoy: the Exe Estuary, Dawlish Warren and the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths. The SEDHRP will off-set the effects of new development and population growth on these conservation sites, providing safe areas for all users to enjoy and caring for the bird populations they support.
The SEDHRP working group includes planning officers across the three authorities, the EEMP, Clinton Devon Estates, Devon Wildlife Trust, the RSPB, Natural England and the National Trust, and funding has come via contributions from developers of new housing across the three council areas, within a 10km “zone of influence”. The SEDHRP working group assists the Delivery Manager in recommending projects and providing updates to the Habitat Regulations Executive Committee (HREC). This Committee is made up of one Executive Member of each of the three authorities and has been delegated the legal powers to work on their behalf. The work of the Committee and the wider partnership is guided by the South-east Devon European Site Mitigation Strategy, which can be found at:
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/environment-and-green-infrastructure/biodiversity/ and implemented by two Habitat Mitigation Officers and a ‘Devon Loves Dogs’ Project Officer, overseen by the Habitat Regulations Delivery Manager. The Mitigation Strategy estimates that approximately 30,000 new homes are likely to be developed within the zones of influence, and proposes a package of mitigation measures, both on-site and off-site, that would be necessary to protect the integrity of the sites in respect of this level of future growth and the commensurate increase in recreational pressures.