Proposed Housing Developments in Buckfastleigh – Update

Here is a summary of the situation with proposals for significant housing developments in our town:

Holne Road – Burrington Estates have applied for planning permission to build 30 dwellings on land near Holne Road.  This application is currently still being processed by Dartmoor National Park.  The target date for a decision was 21 November 2018.  The application number is 0452/18 and further information can be found here on the DNP website.  The Council’s response objecting to this application can be read here.

Barn Park – Buckfast Estates have applied for planning permission to build 28 dwellings (10 affordable and 18 open market) on land west of Barn Park.  This application is still being processed.  The application number is 0615/18 and further information can be found here.   The Town Council is objecting to this for the following reasons:  flood risk, lack of genuinely affordable housing, impact on services, access issues, absence of sustainability in the design, and lack of biodiversity protection.  

Oaklands Road – Coworth Homes are proposing a development on a green field north of Oaklands Road, with access via Glebelands and Oaklands Park. The development would be 51 two and three-bedroom dwellings including 18 affordable homes.  This land is not currently allocated for housing in the Dartmoor National Park Local Plan.  Therefore, the National Park would have to first agree to designate this land as suitable for housing before any planning application can be submitted and considered.  

Lower Mills, Buckfast Road – Buckfast Abbey have applied for planning permission for:  Mixed use development involving: demolition of community hall, part demolition of existing factory buildings and retail floorspace; construction (through the conversion of existing buildings and new build) of a care village (use class C2) comprising 124 extra care units, a 60 bed care home, a 32 bed dementia care home and a communal facilities hub; change of use of former factory building for the re-provision of a 230 sq.m (GIA) community hall (use class D1) and extended retail provision providing 120 sq.m (GIA) of additional floorspace; and associated open space, landscaping, car parking and access works.  The application number is 0300/19 and is currently being processed.  The target date for a decision is 1st October 2019.  As yet the Council has not issued a response.  There is an Extraordinary Town Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday August 20th at 7 pm to discuss this planning application and members of the public are encouraged to attend.