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Lovely landscape to be covered with houses

By pandddawso  |  Posted: February 23, 2012

Kissed by spring sunshine, soon to be gone forever

Kissed by spring sunshine, soon to be gone forever

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Call me selfish, but I can't bring myself to accept that those horrible developers are going to build all over a fabulous slice of Devon landscape (picture to follow). 

The Coombe Vale/Headway Cross/Shepherds Lane area was designated an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) by Devon County Council as recently as 2001.  It is home to an abundance of wildlife - walking up there you will be escorted by a hedge sparrow and will hear skylarks, robins, chaffinches, a curlew, and most likely one or more cirl (pronounced 'seerl') buntings.  They sound like machine gun fire, only with chirps instead of shots.  Here in Devon, particularly this bit, they are doing well - but they're struggling elsewhere and are a European protected species.

The landscape, as my picture shows, is to die for.  I've taken many photographs of it, and painted it.  I used to walk home to Bishopsteignton from school in Teignmouth via Coombe Vale - it was a great way of winding down after a hard day's education.

It is now under a terrible threat, if Teignbridge District Council's Core Strategy 2013-2033 gets approved.  They say we have to add 1,200 households to our town - and, according to the Core Strategy there's nowhere else to put them. 

We want to know, why is it OK to build on an AGLV and destroy protected habitats in Teignmouth, but not in other parts of Devon?  Our landscape is every bit as beautiful as anywhere else, and our species are just as much to treasure. 

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  • Chunder123  |  February 26 2012, 5:08PM

    its pretty simple. as the population increases more houses will have to be built to accomodate the increase in humans. HOwever i do think that it should be done precisely. houses should be built to order only when there is a absolute urgent need for them. Instead of building houses and having no buyers why not have them built to order. THat way they could be built to the owners exact specification. HOw often do you find a house is never what you precisely wanted. All houses should be custom built to exact specifications of the owners. IF not you are living in a building that sombody else thought up. It's very diffiuclt to find a house to your exact liking unless you have it custom built to you specification. THats the whole problem with modern houses is they all look the same and have typical similarities. Notice how modern building always have narrow doorways which are often no more than shoulder width.

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  • code01803  |  February 24 2012, 6:12PM

    Peter_sims I have no idea where he is, I am clueless and I am not his keeper, I am not related to him, I do not know who he is. The last you accused me of being him he actually replied to you saying he was going to report you for some reason, I do not report people. All I know is you are obsessed with this site and write under many names, I do not and am not, I suggest you seek some help from Doctors about your phobia.

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  • ineedtherapy  |  February 24 2012, 12:13PM

    Do people from torbay go on holiday in the UK ? If they do then do they get excited about a shopping centre....or would they rather being doing something else than trudging around the usual selection of national chain retail outlets... Personally give me "something else" any day of the week regardless of the weather.

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  • code01803  |  February 24 2012, 1:42AM

    Peter_sims...if you have no time for Devon and Devonians why don't you just move away to Birmingham or Liverpool, infact anywhere. What nonsense you spout. Keep to the subject.

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  • omnivore23  |  February 23 2012, 6:44PM

    I don't think we are disagreeing fundamentally Peter - progress is vital, change is inevitable, but it's the shape that it takes that matters it's not as either this / or this - as you suggest It could be both surely? Shops in the town centre COULD be rejuvinated, and you could have all the John Lewis's you liked within the existing footprint without eating in to any more green land. Also agree about the need for somewhere to go when it rains. I might not live in the bay , but I grew up here, so I do know what you mean. God - the boredom when it rains. (and that was before nintendo and 24 hour TV) But shopping? Really? Isn't it "shopping" and the mindless consumption of **** we don't need with money we havent got that has contributed to the awful mess we are in - I agree with Smarty C on this one.

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  • Peter_sims  |  February 23 2012, 6:09PM

    by omnivore23 "Maybe you like that Peter - but lots of people don't" So would you prefer to have no jobs and green grass OR jobs, open "up to date" shops and entertainment for all the family? I'm not saying lets pave over every piece of green grass in the land, i am simply saying devon needs to make way for progress or shall we have ghost towns with no shops and no jobs that Tourists don't want to visit anymore? Again as i said before, what can Tourists do when it rains? Bet they would much prefer to spend a day at a mall / shopping centre. People on here moan all day long that there are no jobs, low wages, nothing for the kids to do, no prospects and hoteliers moaning about Tourists coming back. Well if they opened a shopping centre then more Tourists would enjoy it here when it rains, spend money here and that would prosper into creating jobs and people would have prospects. I strongly believe the reason why company's can get away with paying min wage is because there is like 500 people wanting 1 job and they know people will work for it. Now if there was 1000 jobs on offer and only 500 people wanting a job then the companies would increase wages to entice people to work for them.. correct? Maybe Ive gone off the topic a little but i think my points are valid. Without progress then we would still live in the stone age AKA Devon.

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  • GrazingKate  |  February 23 2012, 5:27PM

    It's really important that local people who feel strongly about this issue (ie the council building houses in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or within the Coastal Preservation Area) make their views known by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/7sxqrzz This is where Teignbridge, the local district council, have published their 'Core Strategy' for the future. They are asking the public what they think, and if people don't object, they'll go ahead and build and say that there weren't many objections. Now is the time to make objections known, not just by grumbling to neighbours, but actually by filling in the survey to make your comments count. And a lovely photo by the way!

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  • GrazingKate  |  February 23 2012, 5:26PM

    It's really important that local people who feel strongly about this issue (ie the council building houses in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or within the Coastal Preservation Area) make their views known by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/7sxqrzz This is where Teignbridge, the local district council, have published their 'Core Strategy' for the future. They are asking the public what they think, and if people don't object, they'll go ahead and build and say that there weren't many objections. Now is the time to make objections known, not just by grumbling to neighbours, but actually by filling in the survey to make your comments count. And a lovely photo by the way!

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  • GrazingKate  |  February 23 2012, 5:26PM

    It's really important that local people who feel strongly about this issue (ie the council building houses in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or within the Coastal Preservation Area) make their views known by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/7sxqrzz This is where Teignbridge, the local district council, have published their 'Core Strategy' for the future. They are asking the public what they think, and if people don't object, they'll go ahead and build and say that there weren't many objections. Now is the time to make objections known, not just by grumbling to neighbours, but actually by filling in the survey to make your comments count. And a lovely photo by the way!

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  • omnivore23  |  February 23 2012, 5:24PM

    Maybe you like that Peter - but lots of people don't. if I did - I could go visit Bluewater or whatever. But once we build over our countryside it's gone, forever, game over, .........welcome to anywheresville UK. Take your point about Teignmouth being local , but I couldn;t resist it - how could I? As you know - I reckon people are entitled to comment on whatever they like wherever they come from - it's you who goes all Royston Vasey on our a8ses.

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