Reptiles to be moved away from Exmouth development

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 October 2017

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Plans to move reptiles away from a development of retirement flats in Exmouth have been approved by East Devon District Council.

Developer McCarthy and Stone is building 30 flats on the former Davey Court site in Buckingham Close.

Before work began, slow worms were found on the site, and a plan was put in place to accommodate them in a reptile receptor site at the eastern end of the plot, to which 20 slow worms were moved. However, it was then decided that this would not be a permanently safe location, so a plan was drawn up to move them to Weasel Run Local Nature Reserve, around two kilometres away.

For this to happen, a revised planning application was needed, which has now been approved. EDDC officers said that while moving the reptiles was a ‘second-best option’ to leaving them on the site, the plan was backed by EDDC’s own countryside team, which said the reserve was a good habitat for the animals.

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