Over the next few years, Groundwork South will be working closely with Torbay Council, local residents and a range of organisations and businesses to develop a new sustainable Country Park at Westerland Valley. Located in the Blatchcombe area of Paignton, the site is currently a hidden and underused green space which we plan to improve for the residents of Torbay to discover and enjoy.
Work is ongoing to uncover the heritage of the site, which was a reservoir over 150 years ago. Today the site consists of a variety of habitat’s, rough grassland, woodland, and a small but fast flowing stream. This stream flows onwards through Paignton zoo and then to Clennon Lakes and finally returning to the sea at Goodrington Sands.
The project commenced in April 2019 and Christopher Smith has been appointed as the Countryside Development Manager for the project to assess the Westerland Valley site and develop a shared sustainable vision for the Country Park with the residents of Torbay.
- To strengthen the sites ability to mitigate the impacts of fluvial and coastal flooding in the area.
- To enhance the local biodiversity through habitat creation and improvement.
- To provide new and engaging recreational opportunities for residents.
What's happened so far?
Independent Ecology Survey: An extended Phase 1 & Phase 2 Habitat Survey has been commissioned to identify what species of flora and fauna are current present and if any legally protected or notable species are using the area. Independent ecologists from ‘EAD Ecology’ will be conducting the survey between April to November 2019 – full results will be made available at the end of the year.
Feasibility Study: The Torbay Development Agency (TDA) have been commissioned to undertake a feasibility study of the Storage Lagoon. This involves undertaking hydraulic modelling works to design the increased storage capacity of the lagoon and identify the required flow control capacity and control methods.
For more information on Westerland Valley Country Park and to obtain live project updates please head over to our Facebook Page. For all further enquiries please contact Chris Smith, Countryside Development Manager at Christopher.Smith@Groundwork.org.uk