LHC’s landscape team developed design proposals for a new green pedestrian and cycle link through the Clennon Valley in Paignton. The proposal creates a shared, mile-long path from Torbay Leisure Centre & Velopark close to Goodrington Sands, inland towards the residential areas to the west, the South Devon College campus and adjacent employment areas.
The existing routes from Goodrington to Brixham Road are steep (up to 1:6) and deter walking and cycling. The new link will provide an alternative, shallower, traffic-free route. The Clennon Valley Green Link is part of a wider strategy to improve sustainable transport links across Torbay and help people to connect with nature and gained planning consent in August 2020.
The Green Link & Cycle Route will:
Create a traffic free route for the community which creates a new link to the coast, leisure facilities and Paignton town centre.
Improve access to Clennon Valley Lakes.
Provide opportunities to enjoy and enhance local flora and fauna.
Ecology and wildlife
Ecological surveys have been carried out to make sure that the proposed route protects and enhances the biodiversity of Clennon Valley.
The proposals will improve access to the Clennon Lakes where the Friends of Clennon Lakes have been working to enhance biodiversity and provide a great place to walk and a valuable educational resource.
The scheme will include improved habitat management, bird and bat boxes, seating, information boards and a bird watching screen overlooking the lakes.