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.