Plans approved for River Otter footpath improvements

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 December 2017

East Devon District Council has approved the plan entered by the France-Alderney-Britain (FAB) Project to raise the height of the footpath alongside the River Otter.

A Plan to make improvements to an ‘unusable and inconvenient’ footpath in a Budleigh Salterton beauty spot has been given the go-ahead.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has approved the proposal to raise the height of the footpath which runs alongside the River Otter.

This means that 800 metres of the walkway between Granary Lane and South Farm Road, which had been prone to flooding in the past, will be raised by up to 600 millimetres. The final width of the path will be around 1500 millimetres.

East EDDC delegated report said: “The works should not create additional flooding problems and could help the use of this path which is currently often unusable or inconvenient for many walkers.”

The application, for engineering works to raise the finished level of the footpath and to provide flood plain compensation, was entered by the France-Alderney-Britain (FAB) project.

Scheme bosses are in the process of installing a cross-channel interconnector which will make landfall at Budleigh beach.

The works on the footpath will take place in conjunction with the laying of the interconnector cables underneath.

FAB development manager Chris Jenner has expressed his delight at the plans being approved.

He said: “We are of course pleased to have been granted this planning permission.

“It means we will be able to bring our cables ashore in such a way that not only provides them with long-term protection but also leaves a much-improved section of footpath for local people and visitors to enjoy for years to come.

“We are grateful to all those members of the public, and in particular those living close to the footpath, who have taken the time to meet us and help us draw up proposals which benefit all concerned.”

Improvements to the footpaths had also been suggested to be part of the Lower Otter Restoration Project, still in its investigation phase following a public consultation earlier this year.

Mr Jenner added: “We will continue to liaise with the Environment Agency and Clinton Devon Estates to ensure our work complements any plans they may produce for the Lower Otter Restoration Project.”

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