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Exe Estuary/Dawlish Warren Habitat Mitigation

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3. What types of development have to provide mitigation?

Standard Mitigation Contributions are required for net increases in numbers of residential dwellings and tourist accommodation within 10km of Exe Estuary/Dawlish Warren including:

  • hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, lodges, static caravans and touring pitches
  • all types of houses and flats (but not extensions to existing dwellings)
  • 'Annex' accommodation within the curtilage of, or associated with, an existing dwelling, where the annex might be used as a separate dwelling when built or subsequently
  • affordable housing as well as market housing
  • student accommodation
  • tied accommodation
  • residential caravans/mobile homes/park homes
  • housing for the 'mobile' elderly
  • BUT NOT care homes for elderly or infirm who have significantly reduced mobility
  • applications to increase the operating period of tourist accommodation will contribute for the additional period
  • applications to convert holiday to residential will contribute for any additional occupancy period
  • temporary accommodation permissions will contribute as a proportion of the 20 year life of the Local Plan (eg. siting of a mobile home for 3 years will contribute 3/20ths of the standard contribution)
  • renewals of temporary permissions will also make proportionate contributions

 Additionally, please note: 

  • this relates only to recreational impacts from dwellings or tourism. Non recreational impacts must be assessed and mitigated against separately
  • we will undertake a brief assessment to ensure that the standard contribution will provide sufficient mitigation for recreational impacts
  • in a few special cases, where there will be a big impact, the standard mitigation may be insufficient and additional mitigation may be required. The Council will discuss this with the applicant. There may also be instances where the likely harm cannot be sufficiently mitigated and refusal will be necessary.
  • the standard contribution is in addition to making the standard Public Open Space provision required for the development.