Buckfastleigh Town

Fore Street in winter

Fore Street in winter

The historic mill town of Buckfastleigh and the neighbouring abbey village of Buckfast, can be found nestling on the southern edge of eastern Dartmoor in Devon just off the A38, midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.

The name "Buckfast" means "stronghold" – traditionally a place where deer and buck were held, and "Leigh" would have been the pasture belonging to Buckfast – hence the meaning deer held in a pasture (buck-fast-leigh). Buckfast probably existed before Buckfastleigh as it is mentioned in the Domesday Book and in 1018 a Benedictine Abbey was founded and endorsed by King Canute at Buckfast.

Read more about the town here...


Review of Dartmoor Local Plan – Open Meeting on Wednesday 1st November at 7.00pm

Dartmoor National Park Authority is reviewing the Local Plan for Dartmoor.  The Local Plan is the basis for all planning decisions in the National Park, and in some towns and villages also identifies areas for future housing or employment development.  We held a consultation in winter 2016/17 asking you what the key issues were for the Plan to tackle.  We also asked landowners to identify land which might be available for future development.  We are now starting to talk with communities about their thoughts on some of that available land.

This is a first step in the process of looking at sites, and no decisions have been made for the new Local Plan. We have now completed a ‘Call for Sites’ for Land Availability Assessment (LAA) – you can find out more about this at www.dartmoor.gov.uk/localplan. The LAA assessed in technical terms what land could be developed, and we would now like to start talking to you about which should be considered in the next Local Plan.  In the National Park we do not expect to allocate large areas of land for housing such as may be required nationally, however we do need to support Dartmoor communities by identifying enough suitable land to meet local housing and employment needs.

We will be attending an open meeting with the Town Council in the Town Hall on the 1 November at 7.00pm, and you are invited to attend.  We will talk about the Local Plan review, the process for identifying potential sites, and the options which we can consider with you in Buckfastleigh.  We can also discuss how this can link with work you have achieved on the Neighbourhood Plan. We encourage you to share your views as early on in the process as possible, though there will be further formal opportunities for you to comment on a draft Local Plan next year. 

You can find out more about the Local Plan review and the sites in the LAA at www.dartmoor.gov.uk/localplan, and follow updates at www.facebook.com/dartmoorplan and www.twitter.com/dartmoorplan.  

Hello Summer 2017

Buckfastleigh Town Council funded a wide variety of fun activities for children during the school summer holidays in the Town Hall and Victoria Park and we would now be very pleased to receive your feedback about the Hello Summer 2017 programme.

It was the first time we have run anything like this so we know that there were a few gremlins in the system, but we would like to hear your views.

Which sessions did you enjoy the most? What else would you have liked to do? If you did not come to any of the sessions, was there a reason for this?

Should events be indoors or at the park? What about timings and lengths of sessions? Would you be willing to contribute towards the cost of the sessions you attend?

Should we do it again next year? What about something similar over the winter? Could you volunteer to help supervise a session or do you have the skills to run one?

Whatever your views, you can let us know by emailing clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk or by writing to Judith the Town Clerk at the Town Hall, Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DD.

Buckfastleigh Neighbourhood Plan is now ready

The Buckfastleigh Neighbourhood Plan for 2017-2027, a development guide for the parish for the next 10 years, is finally ready and available HERE. Please download and read it...

Copies of the Plan can also be viewed at Buckfastleigh Library, Buckfastleigh Town Hall and at the Teignbridge District Council Offices at Forde House Newton Abbot.

All feedback has been received and a referendum will be held in the near future to ratify the Plan. Watch this space...

Note: It is a fascinating read, reflecting the hard work put in by all involved, but if you don't have time to read all 107 pages, the main proposals are from page 27 to 51.

Additional Documents here:

Strategic Environmental Assessment: bknp-reg-14-environmental-report_v0-1_191116

Devonia Site Development Brief: 160429-buckfastleigh-dev-brief-low-res

FREE Community Training Programme

Buckfastleigh Town Council will be running our fourth  FREE training session for not for profit organisations, charities and community groups on Thursday 7 December in the Town Hall – 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start. This session will look at 'People, partners and funding - essential elements for creating a successful community group.'

We will be looking at ways of finding, recruiting and keeping volunteer management committee/Board members, why partnership work is important, and how you can develop your networks, fund potential funders and make successful funding proposals.

If you run a local voluntary group, charity or not for profit organisation and are thinking of looking to the Town Council for funding, you should come along to this free community training programme.The Town Council is exploring ways of delivering the much needed services our community needs and it's essential that any organisations looking for funding are able to demonstrate sound governance and community support. If you run a local voluntary group our charity and are thinking of looking to the Town Council for funding, you should come along to this free community training programme. 

The Council will be looking to support organisations who are working collaboratively with the Council and other local groups and are able to demonstrate high levels of  accountability and public support.

Further sessions will be held on 11 January, 8 February (to confirm) and 8 March and will include topics such as marketing and promotion and risk assessments.

Organisations not from TQ11 are welcome if places are available and we would welcome donations to help cover our costs. Please register your interest by emailing clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk, giving your name, the name of your organisation and a contact number.  

Buckfastleigh Blooming Marvellous!

Buckfastleigh Town Council is pleased to announce the results of the Town's entries to the RHS Britain in Bloom South West Competitions which were presented at the Imperial Hotel, Torquay by Lord Julian and Lady Emma Fellowes to John Goulden, Maureen Tuffnell and Wendy Roberts of Buckfastleigh on Thursday 5th October 2017.

The town had major successes in all three of the competitions it entered. The crowning achievement was the town's first time entry into the Pennant competition achieving Silver Gilt, a superb achievement which acknowledges the pride, passion and hard work put in by so many dedicated and often unsung volunteers.

In the It's Your Neighbourhood awards there were two Advancing awards, five thriving and five outstanding awards as follows:-

Harding's Court - Advancing, The Wildspace Garden at Buckfastleigh Town Hall - Advancing, Duckspond Garden - Thriving, Fore Street - Thriving, The Orchard Millennium Green - Thriving, Hamlyn Court - Thriving, Food 4 Ever - Thriving

Barn Park play area, South Devon Railway, Buckfast Abbey and Victoria Park all achieved Outstanding

In the Leisure and Commercial competition Salmon's Leap achieved Silver Gilt and both South Devon Railway and Buckfast Abbey were awarded Gold certificates.

In addition, Buckfastleigh Primary School was one of only seven nominations from the whole of the South West for the Outstanding School Entry Award.

All the volunteers are looking forward to the Town celebrations shortly to be held, but equally important to next year, when the ambition will be to achieve the gold for the town which it so richly deserves.

Citizen’s Advice comes back to Buckfastleigh!

Thanks to Town Council funding, Cllr. Linus McCloskey (who is our qualified volunteer advisor) and the Buckfastleigh Medical Centre (who are providing a room), Citizens Advice will now offer a drop in service in Buckfastleigh every Friday.

Citizens Advice provides free, confidential advice – whoever you are, whatever the problem. They can help with issues including money and debt, benefits, housing and employment. Their goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problems they face.

Drop in at the Medical Centre any Friday morning between 10am – 12.30pm. Ask at reception for a registration form and take a seat. You will be seen in turn. 

If you can’t make Fridays, you can contact Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444 or visit their website at citizensadviceteignbridge.org.uk.