This consultation is now closed.

We want to provide you with the opportunity to comment on proposals for a green pedestrian and cycle link through Clennon Valley.

The proposal will create a shared path from Torbay Leisure Centre and Velopark to residential areas to the west, South Devon College and adjacent employment areas.

Existing routes from Goodrington to Brixham Road are steep (up to 1:6) and deter walking and cycling. The proposed Green Link would provide an alternative, shallower, traffic-free route.

The proposed Clennon Valley Green Link is part of a wider strategy to improve sustainable transport links across Torbay and help connect people with nature. This link will:

  • Create a traffic-free route for the community which creates a new link to the coast, leisure facilities and Paignton Town Centre
  • Improvements to the route through Clennon Valley lakes
  • Provide opportunities to enjoy nature and enhance local flora and fauna
  • Improve the point of arrival and access to the Velopark
    • Rising bollards to control vehicle access
    • Barrier and street clutter removed to improve the area for pedestrians and people on bikes
  • Improve the crossing point of Dartmouth Road

A map showing the proposed improvements to Clennon Valley View the map for more details of the proposed route through Clennon Valley.

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.


The design process has been guided by:

  • Topography - the steepness of the hillside
  • Desire to provide access to all
  • Providing places to rest
  • Trees and important wildlife habitat, including bat routes

Next steps

This early consultation showed a good level of support with only a small proportion of objections. It also highlighted a number of observations, suggestions and concerns. After considering all the responses, we will continue to develop the overall scheme along the route consulted on, with some changes to the detailed proposals. 

Clennon Valley Green link consultation response report
September 2019