Neighbours fighting to save an area of protected woodland have won a temporary reprieve – and now they want to have the area classed as a village green to keep it safe in the future.
Residents of Kingsway and Broadmeadow View in Teignmouth and local councillor David Cox are claiming a ‘David and Goliath’ win after contractors withdrew an appication to clear paths through the area of woodland.
Cllr Cox says the land is technically protected in Plan Teignbridge as ‘Undeveloped Coast’.
Terrence Stone Construction has withdrawn its application for permission to cutback tracks of land in the woodland and now says it will carry out further “site survey and investigation works”.
Locals say the woodland is a habitat for wildlife. The RSPB has sent Teignbridge Council a consultation letter opposing the plan because of the disruption to nesting birds.
Broadmeadow View resident Marcia Smyth said: “The woodland has fantastic wildlife and should be conserved, not ruined. Many children use the woodland to play.”
Cllr Cox added: “This goes to show that in a David and Goliath situation it is possible for ordinary people to overcome all the odds and win. A big thank you goes to tenacious campaigners Marcia Smyth, Andy Henderson and Roley Williams, their quick actions saved the day.
“These trees bring vibrant bird life and colour, providing natural habitat for many local species. We must preserve this woodland.
“We’d like to register this land as a ‘Village Green’ so this area can continue to benefit local residents with a wide variety of community-based recreational activities. As it has for many years.”
Local residents of Kingsway and Broadmeadow View are extremely concerned about the planned destruction of a number of old growth trees and impact on wildlife in the small woodland between Broadmeadow Industrial Estate and Kingsway.
Terrance Stone Construction are seeking permission to cutback tracks of land in the woodland residents and local councillor David Cox fear this is the prelude to seeking to develop the site, even through it is technically protected in Plan Teignbridge as ‘Undeveloped Coast’.
You can have your say by email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or by post to Planning, Teignbridge District Council, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX. Please quote 19/00160/TPO