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.

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Proposed Housing Developments in Buckfastleigh

You can read here a current summary of the major housing developments in our town that are either currently being considered by Dartmoor National Park planners or are proposed.

If you wish to comment on the general situation with regard to housing in the area, the best way is to give input to the Local Plan review which is currently taking place and which ends on February 4th.  More information on why the Local Plan is important can be found here

Dartmoor Local Plan Review

The first draft of the revised Local Plan is now available on the Dartmoor National Park website and on paper in the Town Hall office.  More information here.  The consultation on the draft Local Plan ends on 4th February 2019.

Sign up to Devon Alert!

Find out about Devon and Cornwall Alert, a free community messaging system run by Devon and Cornwall Police to inform members of the public about crimes and incidents affecting their local area, here 

Old Phone Boxes – Creative Ideas Please!

What to do with an unused phone box?  Buckfastleigh and Buckfast now have at their disposal four decommissioned phone boxes (two red, two glass) which are located at Glebelands, West End Road, in the car park next to Buckfast Village Hall and at Grange Green, Buckfast.  The Town Council is looking for great ideas for community uses for these structures.   The phone box on Grange Green will be home to a defibrillator for Buckfast.  Three more still looking for good uses!  Read more here 



More SOUP in Buckfastleigh – Pitch for your Project or Idea

Following the tasty success of the first ever Buckfastleigh SOUP community fundraising event in October 2018, Buckfastleigh Town Council and Teignbridge CVS are now planning the next event to support small groups and individuals with new community ideas for summer 2019 (exact date tbc).  Find out more and sign-up here

Falcon Bus Stop at Buckfastleigh?

Would you like to have the Falcon bus stop at Dartbridge?  The Council is trying to persuade Stagecoach to put a bus stop there instead of at Marley Head.

Read here to find out who you can contact if you want to help make this happen.

Dementia Carers and Friends – Training and Support

There is a support group for dementia carers on the first Thursday of every month in Newton Abbot.  More info here.

You can also train to become a Dementia Friends Champion.  More info here