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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Acorn Property Group have informed the Parish Council that their pre-application meeting with SHDC Planning will take place at the end of August. Following the recent public meeting their postbag has been bulging with feedback from local residents and they are now investigating ways of incorporating some of the suggestions received in the development plans, which are due to be presented to the community in September. Please make sure you have your say and keep those emails coming: write to Duncan Powell, email@example.com.
Thanks to the support of the Parish Council, Church Warden John Baverstock, Local Church Group, land owners and the hard work of Cllr Rogers, the path between Helmers Meadow and Orchard Way is now open allowing for safe access between the estates and the park. This allows residents of Chillington to get to the park and doctors' surgery without needing to go onto the road.
Stokenham Evening WI will hold a Cream Tea in Stokenham Parish Hall on Wednesday 16th August to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the WI, which falls on that day. This event is open to all, costs £3.50, and will run from 3 - 4.30pm. Displays of work undertaken by the various groups in SEWI will be on show. Please come and help us celebrate! Tel 01548 580511 for more details.