North Devon

Devon CPRE calls for the crippled planning system to be scrapped after a premium holiday village was

Premium holiday village for Yelland Quay allowed on appeal

A 250-unit village proposed for the banks of the Taw estuary in North Devon has been given the green light, in a decision described by Devon CPRE as “a tragedy for both the environment and local house-hunters”.

In an Appeal decision published today (30 June) following a public inquiry, the Planning Inspectorate has found in favour of the developers who want to build a high-end...

Young carer Charley Hockridge presents her cheque for over £1,000 to support young carers in North D

Devon Young Carer Charley reaches new heights to help children who look after family members

A young carer who completed a sponsored skydive to raise money for young carers in North Devon has presented them with a cheque for over one thousand pounds to fund activities, trips and get-togethers.

Charley Hockridge, a former student at Barnstaple’s Pilton Community College, is a volunteer for Devon Young Carers - a service provided by the charity Westbank that’s helped Charley...

Call for help to plant 2,000 trees at Kipscombe in October half-term

The National Trust in North Devon is asking for volunteers to come and help plant up to 2,000 trees during half term, on Thursday 28 October at Kipscombe (above Lynmouth).

In North Devon the National Trust has an ambition to plant 125,000 trees by 2025, and these trees will help combat climate change and build natural corridors to give our wildlife a better chance.

The Trust...

The development site for 59 new homes at Chivenor Cross, for which permission was granted on appeal

Dismay after housing application in North Devon refused by the Council is allowed on appeal

Devon CPRE has voiced its utter dismay that a planning application for 59 new houses near Braunton, which North Devon District Council refused earlier this year, has now been allowed on appeal.

In February, the Devon branch of the countryside charity was pleased that North Devon’s planning committee had emphatically refused permission for more new homes at Chivenor Cross. Councillors...

Protestors against the Yelland development on the Taw estuary in North Devon

North Devon Council refuses luxury holiday village in sensitive Taw estuary landscape

Devon CPRE, the local branch of the countryside charity, today (9 June) congratulated North Devon Council for overwhelmingly voting to refuse an application to build 250 premium houses and apartments on the bank of the Taw estuary at Yelland Quay.

The site, where a small coal-fired power station stood between the 1950s and the 1980s, is in a noted wildlife habitat. It’s adjacent to an...

Photovoltaic solar panels against the sky

Devon's countryside charity dismayed at approval for the county's biggest solar farm to date

Devon CPRE is dismayed that plans for yet another massive solar farm - the largest so far in Devon - were today unanimously approved by North Devon's planning committee.

An application submitted by ND Solar Enterprises Ltd, a shell company based in Bristol, has been given the go-ahead despite impassioned speeches from members of the local independent charity which fights to protect...

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Kids get back to nature in the woods as Forest School takes on North Devon site

The Outdoors Group Forest School has stepped in to run Quarry Fields near Ilfracombe so local children can continue to play and learn outdoors.

This will be the fifth Forest School for the organisation which has established sites in Exeter, Exmouth, Tiverton and Okehampton. The opportunity arose after Tasha Greenwood, founder of Quarry Fields decided to step away from the business to...

Kentisbury Ford gets ultrafast broadband

A small village in the heart of North Devon is at the forefront of the digital revolution which is set to sweep across the region. Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) and Airband have today announced that Airband’s ultrafast fibre network in Devon is live in Kentisbury Ford, thanks to the CDS Fibre Extension Programme. Homes and businesses in Kentisbury Ford are now able to enjoy some of the...

New homes in the East Devon town of Cranbrook

Devon is building a third more houses than it has to according to government figures, says countryside charity

Devon’s Local Planning Authorities - with the exception of Torbay - have over-delivered on housing for the last five years, according to the government’s own figures.

Devon CPRE’s analysis of the 2020 Housing Delivery Test shows the county as a whole has delivered 30% more new homes than it was required to over a five-year period, in effect building 6,332 more houses than it had to....

Enterprise Centre becomes "Node" as construction completed

Enterprise Centre becomes "Node" as construction completed

Construction of the Enterprise Centre on the outskirts of Barnstaple has been completed.

Main contractor ISG – appointed to the scheme via the Southern Construction Framework (SCF) – has constructed the Enterprise Centre at Devon County Council’s Roundswell Enterprise Park development, and today formally handed over the building to TownSq who will be running the centre on behalf of...