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3. Environment

Our area is an important component of the South Hams Special Area of Conservation (SAC), which supports one of the largest populations of greater horseshoe bats in Europe.

The proposed land allocations in the Local Plan have been assessed for their potential impacts on greater horseshoe bats. This information has been used to inform the Local Plan submission and accompanying Habitats Regulations Assessment. It brings together the information that was used and explains the approach that was followed.

The report provides background information on the South Hams SAC and outlines the ecological requirements of greater horseshoe bats. It then sets out generic and site specific mitigation measures to safeguard the greater horseshoe bat population.

The Landscape Sensitivity and Capacity Study covers the South West of Exeter, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and Dawlish.

The Ashburton Landscape Sensitivity and Capacity Study is a joint study carried out with Dartmoor National Park Authority.

The Landscape Sensitivity and Capacity Studies provide a detailed assessment of the landscape sensitivity and capacity and have helped to inform the planning of growth areas for development in the Local Plan, and in the case of Ashburton, in the Dartmoor National Park Development Management and Delivery DPD.

The studies provide a guide to the degree of sensitivity of different zones to built development, and their capacity to accommodate development without adverse effects.