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Update on bridge work 21 April 2022: Building of the new road embankment and a 30m-span bridge, to carry vehicles over the new creek network on the west of the Lower Otter valley in Budleigh Salterton, enters a new phase next week. Click here to read more
The Lower Otter Restoration Project is working with local people and partner organisations to adapt and improve the downstream part of the River Otter, its estuary and its immediate surroundings for future generations. We are working with nature, rather than against it, in the face of continuing climate change.
Key aims of the project include:
Maintaining and securing existing public footpaths, including part of the nationally important South West Coast Path.
Securing vehicle access to South Farm residents and businesses along South Farm Road, with raising the road or a bridge being possible options.
Reconnecting the river to its floodplain allowing it to flood and drain naturally by breaching the embankments in several places. The breaches will be spanned by bridges to allow continued public access.
Stabilising the former domestic refuse tip to protect against future erosion.
Provision of new education and interpretation facilities.
An increased area of rare inter-tidal habitat with significant biodiversity benefits, including for birdlife. The project provides compensatory inter-tidal habitat for that lost to coastal squeeze in sites such as the Exe Estuary which are benefiting from new flood defence initiatives. The Lower Otter Estuary was identified as an area suitable for such new habitat creation.
Working with tenant farmers to adjust existing land use to allow livelihoods to be secured, water quality to improve and biodiversity to thrive.
Schematic maps of some initial proposals can be seen here. Maps and details of four options presented at a public exhibition in Budleigh Salterton on July 5th, 2017, are available on this page. We welcome any comments.