2. Water

Please be aware that the below is not a definite statement of intent – please think of it as a word document or googledoc which is open for you and us to comment on. That way we can all see what the ideas up for discussion are, write down new ones and debate whether or not they’re good ideas.

We commit to building a resilient estate water infrastructure which provides excellent quality drinking water; which is energy efficient to operate; provides wildlife habitat; mitigates future flood and drought risks resulting from climate change, both on the estate and downstream of the estate; protects water from pollution; and recognises the role water plays in the aesthetic and leisure activities of estate visitors.

  • We will explore fencing and creating a riparian buffer along the Dart river bank in line with WWF’s “Saving the earth” report which recommends a woodland buffer of at least 10m where a river runs between existing strands of woodland.
  • Any new development on the estate will pioneer best practice across SuDs and RSuDS, particularly looking at a natural catchment approach to attenuating water on site, creating an integrated water cycle across the estate’s landscape to reduce flood risk, improve water quality, provide wildlife habitat and supports the commercial viability of the estate’s and the estate land based tenant’s own water infrastructure.
  • We’ll ensure that decisions on land use, including development, reflect the level of current and future flood risk.
  • Chemical use around the estate will reflect the precautionary principle; where that chemical is likely to either directly be returned to the water system, through disposal, or indirectly return, by filtering through soil for example.
  • We’ll endeavour to secure funding to redevelop the main farm site, Old Parsonage Farm, to move away from a slurry system to a deep litter system, including appropriate storage facilities for manure and silage.
  • New developments on the estate must not result in a net loss of water infiltration and attenuation.
  • We commit to collaborating on catchment based approaches to improving the health of the River Dart.

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2 thoughts on “2. Water

  1. Hi Dartington,

    Radical proposal – but how about taking the lead and being the first new housing development to use only compost toilets?
    (Or at least for a portion of the new homes… to begin with)
    Human feces has no place in the water system.
    For the land, it would dramatically reduce the quantity of chemical processing required, allow domestic waste water to be filtered through a simpler grey water system, and the bountiful returns of new soil would go towards assisting the land regeneration projects.
    And, through its ongoing use, would necessitate a much stronger connection between the home-owners and the land they are part of, even for those who’s predominant focus is elsewhere.

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