East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council and Teignbridge District Council have a responsibility under European Habitat Regulations to assess and seek to minimise the impacts of new development on valuable, vulnerable and important habitats. A recent study has shown that recreational use of the Exe Estuary, Dawlish Warren and Pebblebed Heaths is already having a significant effect on the levels of disturbance of wildlife. New housing and tourist accommodation will lead to increased recreational demands on the environment.

In partnership with Natural England, these neighbouring local planning authorities have determined that residential developments in their areas will, in-combination, have a detrimental impact on the Exe Estuary, Dawlish Warren and Pebblebed Heaths through impacts from recreational use. The impacts are highest from developments within 10 kilometres of these SPA’s. It is therefore essential that mitigation is secured to make such developments permissible.

The South East Devon Habitat Regulations Executive Committee is a partnership of Exeter City, East Devon and Teignbridge District Councils. The Committee is legally required to make decisions and recommendations across the three authority areas to protect three internationally important conservation sites.

The Committee is currently made up of Cllr Susie Bond (Chair), East Devon District Council; Cllr Rachel Sutton, Exeter City Council and Cllr Martin Wrigley, Teignbridge District Council.

Read more about the Committee.

The constitution, officially endorsed by the Committee, sets out the rules of procedure and terms of reference, which govern the operation of the Committee and its meetings. All three Councils have delegated all necessary decision making powers to enable the Committee to operate. Read the constitution and terms of reference.

The Committee operates through a delivery manager and officer working group to protect places such as the Exe Estuary, Dawlish Warren and the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths for future generations to enjoy.

Partners include: