The Parish of Stokenham, bounded by the black line on the map, covers the whole of the southern half of Start Bay, from Slapton Sands to Start Point and on to Lannacombe Beach. It encompasses the villages of Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, Kellaton, Kernborough, Dunstone, Beeson and Chillington, as well as Stokenham itself, covers an area of some 20.6 square kilometres, and has a population of approximately 2,000.
The seven larger settlements and many smaller hamlets and farms are connected by miles of narrow country lanes, byways, bridleways and footpaths. The main arterial route in and out of the parish is the A379, which runs north to Dartmouth and west to Kingsbridge. This route is serviced by the First Western National Bus Company, with connections available to Plymouth (change for Derriford Hospital), Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes (our nearest main line railway station) and Exeter. The parish also enjoys the service of The Coleridge Bus, a community bus providing weekly runs from outlying areas to Kingsbridge. There are airports at Plymouth and Exeter.
The Met Office is forecasting near-continuous rainfall from mid-morning Tuesday 26 January to late Wednesday 27 January, leading to potential problems in those parts of the Parish that are prone to flooding. Parishioners are advised to take the usual precautions, ensure others are aware of the risks, look out for neighbours who might be in need of help, and keep a close eye on weather forecast updates.
Wednesday 25th November, 9.30 - 12.00, Repton Room, Follaton House, Totnes TQ9 5NE
The forum is open to representatives from all voluntary organisations, community groups and charities operating in the South Hams and is a chance to network, share experiences and find support.
Agenda items include an update on changes in South Hams District Council provided by new Executive Director Steve Jorden; a presentation from the Slapton Ley Centre Volunteer Co-ordinator; updates from the CVS Team and Citizens Advice; and an open discussion on how to increase volunteering in the district.
Acorn Property Group is holding a public consultation to set out its proposals for a development of up to 70 homes in Chillington, to the north of Green Park Way. The event will take place on Monday 12 October, between 2pm and 8pm, in Stokenham Parish Hall. All members of the Parish are invited to attend and make their views known before a planning application is submitted to South Hams District Council. Further information about the consultation can be obtained by emailing email@example.com, or telephone 01242 228539.
Acorn Property Group has reported back to Stokenham Parish Council following a recent pre-application meeting with planning officers at South Hams District Council, at which many of the issues raised by Chillington residents – including stormwater drainage, sewage disposal, and traffic management around the proposed development – were tabled and discussed with relevant SHDC personnel. Specifics such as the overall number of houses, together with the exact mix of open-market, affordable, age-restricted and starter homes, have yet to be finalized at this Outline Planning Permission stage, but more detail will be available at the public consultation meeting, due to take place in October. This event will run through until the evening, to ensure as many people as possible can attend and make their views known. Watch this space for the date and venue, which will also be publicized in the local press and parish noticeboards.