Badger Homes vows to rehome badgers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:58 10 January 2017




The developer of a new housing estate in Budleigh Salterton has defended itself after concerns were raised for badgers living on the site.

Fears had been voiced recently that a family of badgers was still living in a field being developed into new homes.

Work is under way to construct 59 homes, of which 30 are due to be ‘affordable’, on the site known locally as Evans’ field, south of the B3178.

Developer Badger Homes, based in Budleigh, has moved to allay fears that the animals are in danger - saying they will be relocated in due course.

The developer confirmed it is working with wildlife authorities to make sure the animals are moved correctly.

A spokesman for Badger Homes said: “There are badgers residing on the site and we have done the due diligence we have to do in preparing a planning application.

“The welfare of the badgers has been one that is top of our agenda.”

Concerns were first raised when Badger Homes applied to East Devon District Council to rename the housing estate as ‘Badgers Holt’.

When asked for comments for the proposed name, this was opposed by Budleigh Salterton Town Council, which was concerned that it was a marketing slogan.

It was also pointed out that badgers live in sets, not holts. The town council preferred to name the new estate Evans Field - after the Evans family, which previously owned the field.

At a town council meeting, former mayor Courtney Richards argued that it would be a fitting tribute to Dr David Evans, who has been a ‘pillar of the community’.

Badger Homes defended the proposed name, saying the idea came because there were badgers living on the land.

A spokesman for the developer added: “A holt is defined as an underground passage in which animals run and that was the rationale behind the idea.”

EDDC will make the final decision on the naming application.

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