District council concern over mussel farm

SERIOUS concerns have been expressed by district planners over proposals to lease out a chunk of Lyme Bay as a mussel farm.

SERIOUS concerns have been expressed by district planners over proposals to lease out a chunk of Lyme Bay as a mussel farm.

The final decision will be made by the Crown Estate who own half of the UK's coastal foreshore - but the district council is a major consultee.

And councillors on Tuesday, backed by environment portfolio holder Cllr Graham Brown, refused to recommend approval until they have more information.

Exmouth shell-fisherman Miles Blood-Smyth told councillors: "This is a large intensive industrial mono- culture over nine square miles.


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"It may be just one per cent of Lyme Bay but it is the one per cent everybody wants.

"(East Devon) will have nothing to gain and everything to lose.

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