Buckland Brewer parish
The results of the village’s entry into the 2014 Best Kept Village Competition are as follows:
Best Kept Village Final Results for 2014
Past Winner – Large Village
- Winner: Kilmington
- Runner-up: Newton St Cyres
Past Winner – Small Village
- Winner: Dalwood
- Runner-up: Offwell
- Winner: Bradworthy
- Runner-up: Musbury
- Winner: Sheepwash
- Runner-up: Bratton Clcvelly
- Winner: Ashwater
- Runner-up: Lympstone
Although Buckland Brewer did not win any prizes this year, the supporting letter from the judges is very encouraging and offers some ideas for the future:
Buckland Brewer is a charming, pretty and compact village. It was mainly tidy with a small amount of old litter found on verges and in gutters and cigarette ends in other areas. Verges were well trimmed. Road signs were in need of a clean.
There were some houses in several roads, which had very weedy gutters. However, most houses, gardens, outbuildings, walls and fences were very well maintained. There are some lovely gardens. No allotments were found, although the website indicates they exist.
The Village Hall is central to the village life and well used. The kitchen looked adequate. It needs some external maintenance to the guttering/down pipes and the window sills. The telephone kiosk looks shabby. Notice boards were in good condition and had current information. No BKVposter was on display.
The Village Green was in good condition. Village children had written poems about WW1 and placed them next to poppies planted on the small green in front of the church porch. The school grounds looked tidy and well kept. There is an excellent playing field for cricket and football, which is well mown. The field was not shown on the map provided. The cricket wicket was well tended. The goal posts on the football pitch are rusty. The football pitch is also used for the village fete. There are new seats for spectators to enjoy the scene or the games. The seats at the Tarka Housing development were just acceptable, but need the lichen removed. Near the church the four seats are well positioned but one will need painting.
The footpath opposite the church was accessible and tidy. The path in Barton Road was littered and overgrown in places. On another visit the entrance to this path was obstructed by a householder’s wheelie bin.
The Community Shop serves the needs of the village and is run by a team of twenty volunteers. lt is well stocked selling amongst other things – local preserves, sweets and vegetables. Close by, there is the ”Sweet Window”, a delightful idea. Locally made sweets are sold through the little window by the very pleasant shopkeeper. The pub is very good and has clean toilets. The car park was also clean and tidy. lt is clearly popular with villagers. The bar staff were helpful and friendly and the food there was enjoyed by several judges. The commercial premises in Gorwood Road look very shabby, weedy and detract from the village scene. Two abandoned cars were also found. They looked to have been in situ for quite a time.
The Anglican Church dates back to Norman times and are a central feature of the village. It is beautifully maintained and is clearly much used and much loved. The porch has recently been restored to a very high standard. The church yard was well mown. The grass area in front and the war memorial were beautiful. The notice board here was good. The kissing gate needs attention and gate posts need painting. The Methodist Chapel was closed. The surrounding area was tidy.
The village map was rather poor and failed to show several of the features needed for judging purposes. Judges especially reported it difficult to find key buildings. The website had much good information and was user friendly. The village clearly has many groups and activities for young and old alike. There are weekly coffee mornings to bring residents together. Both the Parish Church and the Methodist Church are actively reaching out to the community. The Parish Council are actively leading initiatives for future housing and economic developments for the village and the wider Parish.
Buckland Brewer showed itself to good effect as a new entrant in the Best Kept Village Competition this year. The standard was very high in the New Entry category. Judges felt that with attention to the points highlighted, as needing attention, Buckland Brewer could be a future winning village in the Small ViIIage category of the competition. We hope to see you in the competition again next year!
Circumstances and weather permitting, the road between Thornmoor Cross and the Old Methodist Church, Buckland Brewer will be closed on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 August, 2014. This is to enable SWH to carry out patching works on behalf of Devon County Council.
Please be aware however, that the date may need to change at short notice. During the works, a diversion route will be signed and maintained. SWH and DCC will notify all affected properties.
SWH aims to maintain access to properties and businesses within the closures, however there may be times when access is restricted/delayed. SWH apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.
Joanna Cole, Customer Liaison Administrator
Telephone: 01805 622395: Ext: 2017
The Returning Officer, Torridge District Council, has given notice of the councillor vacancy on Buckland Brewer Parish Council.
The sequence of events will be as follows:
- Notice advertising vacancy is prepared by the Returning Officer and displayed appropriately
- Parishioners contact the Returning Officer if they want an election
- If no signatures (or less than 10) are received the parish council will be asked to co-opt someone
- If 10 or more signatures are received by 12 September 2014 a potential election date will be agreed by the Parish Clerk and Returning Officer and another notice will be displayed seeking nominations
- If there are no nominations the vacancy will be advertised again.
- If there is only one nomination that person will be elected unopposed
- If there is more than one nomination there will be an election, the full cost of which will be met by the Parish Council
- Formal notice of vacancy – published by Torridge DC (pdf 5KB)
- Parish council vacancies within Torridge: with contact details
Patrick Blosse, Clerk to Buckland Brewer Parish Council
Catsborough Cottage, Catsborough Cross, Monkleigh, Devon, EX39 5LE
Telephone: 01805 624832
North Devon and Torridge District Councis have published the draft Local Plan which covers proposed development in northern Devon up to 2031. Public consultation on the plan ends on 8 August 2014.
For full details see:
- North Devon and Torridge Local Plan: relevant documents
- North Devon and Torridge Local Plan: Publication Draft – with details of how you can comment on the draft plan
- for people who live in Buckland Brewer, the important section is the Rural Strategy, set out in Chapter 13: Local Centres
This map of Buckland Brewer village shows how the village is expected to change over the next 15 to 20 years.
For convenience of people living in the parish, we’ve reproduced the parts of the plan relevant to Buckland Brewer. You should read this in light of the contents of the whole draft plan.
Buckland Brewer Spatial Strategy
The community’s spatial vision for the Local Centre is that it should support a range of facilities and amenities to meet the needs of residents and that it should have a more balanced age profile than at present. The community accepts that significant growth in population, particularly in the younger age groups, is likely to be necessary to help achieve this.
The vision will be delivered through:
(a) provision of approximately 103 dwellings including affordable homes, to meet a range of housing needs in the community with an emphasis on smaller properties for families and single people. The supply of housing will be delivered through extant planning consents and two site allocations with a capacity for approximately 45 dwellings;
(b) two additional housing sites within the development boundary, together with smaller infill plots;
(c) seeking to retain and expand existing services and facilities in the village;
(d) retention of existing sports and recreation facilities, and
(e) supporting appropriate employment provision, including live-work units subject to market demand.
The Development Proposals
The spatial strategy for the village will be supported in a range of ways including the site specific policies below.
A development boundary for Buckland Brewer is defined on Policies Map 12 outside of which the principle of residential development is only supported on an exceptional basis. The development boundary includes opportunities for additional development in addition to the sites subject to specific policies.
Employment in Buckland Brewer is related primarily to service activities.
for Policy BBR01: Land Adjoining Football Pitch
(1) Land to the north of Buckland Brewer, as shown on Policies Map 12, is allocated for economic development to include a mix of unit sizes focused on meeting local business needs.
(2) The site should be developed in accordance with the following site specific development principles:
(a) a focus on economic uses within the B1 Use Class;
(b) a very high standard of unified design and appearance in view of the location of the site in the countryside; and
(c) appropriate screening on all boundaries to integrate the development into its countryside setting.
During the life of the Local Plan there may be a requirement for additional land or premises to accommodate businesses able to provide a service to, or employment for local people. A small site is allocated to accommodate this demand to the north of the village.
The allocated site of about 0.22 hectares can accommodate premises for light industrial or other B1 uses to help provide a range of employment opportunities in Buckland Brewer. Its location will ensure minimal impact on existing residential property and on traffic in the village.
The site is in a very prominent position, visible from all directions, and its development needs to reflect this. A very high standard of design of buildings will be required to ensure visual impact is minimised. Boundary planting will need to be substantial to help integrate new development into the countryside.
If required, the opportunity could be taken to integrate access arrangements for this site, the football pitch and the adjoining allotments.
There is a substantial existing commitment1 to additional housing in the village with permitted sites at Gorwood Road and to the south east of Buckland Brewer in association with a new village hall. Further sites are additionally allocated to meet the spatial strategy for Buckland Brewer over the plan period.
The identified sites are considered to be deliverable. They will be released to ensure a steady pace of development over the plan period and in accordance with the spatial strategy. The order of presentation does not reflect any priority for release of the sites.
Existing commitments include a number of affordable dwellings. During the plan period additional affordable homes may be needed to meet local needs. All sites will be required to meet a range of housing needs in accordance with the spatial strategy and general plan policies. If a more significant need for affordable property is identified land to the south of the settlement, known locally as ‘Cock Pheasant’, between the roads to Great Torrington and Thornhillhead, is considered suitable. This site is outside the development boundary and will be released only in accordance with Policy ST19: Affordable Housing on Exceptions Sites.
Policy BBR02: Land at Orleigh Close
(1) Land north east of Orleigh Close, as shown on Policies Map 12, is allocated for residential development that includes
(a) approximately 20 dwellings with an emphasis on providing a mix of housing types and sizes to reflect local need, including affordable homes; and
(b) adequate replacement for any parking spaces lost to obtain satisfactory access to the principal village road through Orleigh Close.
(2) The site should be developed in accordance with the following specific development principles:
(a) provide vehicular access only from Orleigh Close;
(b) a design and layout that provides an acceptable impact on existing properties;
(c) provision of a substantial tree and hedge screen on all boundaries with open countryside; and
(d) a pedestrian link to land proposed for development to the south east.
A site to the north east of Orleigh Close on the eastern side of the village is allocated for housing. The site is relatively level and can accommodate a range of dwellings to meet local needs. It is well related to the highway network and village facilities and with appropriate landscaping, will not harm the landscape setting of the village.
This site of approximately 1.1 hectares can make a significant contribution to enabling continuing growth in the village over the plan period without harming the setting of the village. To ensure this is achieved, development will be expected to follow the substantial completion of the existing commitment in association with the village hall. The site is not expected to be released at the same time as BBR03.
The site borders the front of properties in Orleigh Close. Detailed design and layout that avoids overlooking between existing and new properties is essential. Access through the site to Meadow Park will need to be provided.
Substantial planting on the eastern, currently undefined, boundary is required to minimise the impact on the countryside setting. Existing hedge boundaries will also be reinforced with native planting to create more biodiverse features capable of screening the site
Policy BBR03: Land to the North East of Orleigh Close
(1) Land to the north east of Orleigh Close, as shown on Policies Map 12, is allocated for residential development that includes approximately 25 dwellings with an emphasis on providing a mix of housing types and sizes to reflect local need, including affordable homes.
(2) The site should be developed in accordance with the following specific principles:
(a) vehicular and pedestrian access from the development adjoining the new village hall;
(b) a pedestrian link to the development of site BBR02;
(c) a design and layout that provides an acceptable impact on existing properties and future development; and
(d) provision of a substantial tree and hedge screen on all boundaries with open countryside.
A site to the north east or Orleigh Close, adjacent to BBR02 and to the rear of development associated with the new village hall, is proposed for residential development. Vehicular access to this site will be from development associated with the new village hall only.
This site of approximately 1 hectare can make a significant contribution to enabling continuing growth in the village over the plan period without harming the setting of the village. The site will not be developed before the substantial completion of the existing commitment in association with the village hall. The site is not expected to be released at the same time as BBR02.
Existing hedges should be reinforced and a substantial new boundary created on the northern edge to help integrate the development into the countryside.
Buckland Brewer has a range of recreation provision, mainly located to the north of the village. The Local Plan safeguards use of the football pitch, playing field and allotment areas from other uses and the sites remain outside the development boundary to further discourage development pressure.
Also safeguarded is the area of amenity land adjoining the new village hall to be transferred to Parish Council as the adjacent development progresses. A play area for use by the primary school and amenity land for general use are part of the development which includes a new village hall.
At the meeting of Buckland Brewer Parish Council last Wednesday, the Chairman announced with deep sorrow that Councillor David Lloyd had died suddenly on 2 July. David had been a parish councillor for many years and was a former Chairman of the council. All those at the meeting stood in silence as a mark of their respect.
David’s funeral and memorial service will be held at Barnstaple Crematorium on at 3pm on Thursday 17 July.
There will be a tea served in Buckland Brewer Village Hall afterwards, to which all are welcome.
No flowers please. There will be a collection.