Survey to find the best of the Otter Valley

14:08 04 September 2014

The Otter Estuary in Budleigh.

The Otter Estuary in Budleigh.

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People who live in the lower Otter Valley are being asked to name its best features, to help protect them from development.

The Otter Valley Association (OVA) is launching a local heritage asset project, asking people what things they might miss if they were to disappear tomorrow.

Potential suggestions might include historic or iconic buildings, but also valued landscapes, parks and gardens, interesting pieces of street furniture and local landmarks.

The OVA has teamed up with East Devon District Council (EDDC) for the project.

The list of nominations will be approved by EDDC conservation officer Stephen Guy, and once agreed will be taken into account when the council debates planning applications.

OVA committee member for planning Nicola Daniel said: “Half the local authorities in the country are using local heritage asset projects as added local information in the planning process.

“Anything accepted by EDDC for local listing does not gain additional protection from demolition or alteration, but has to be taken into account in any subsequent planning applications.

“Hence there will, at last, be a local input in the planning process in this part of East Devon.”

The area covered by the project includes the parishes of Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh, and Newton Poppleford and Harpford, with parish councils having given approval.

The project will be officially launched with a heritage walk around Otterton on September 14 at 11am, after which nomination forms will be available.

The closing date for nominations is November 30.

When the OVA has received nominations, it will assess them, using criteria including age, rarity and aesthetic value, and carry out further research.

It will then be carrying out a community consultation in spring next year.

The final publication date for the list is anticipated to be next September.

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