Dartmouth Neighbourhood Plan

Our Chairman Robert Brooke has written an introduction to the new Neighbourhood Planning effort and relaunched the project with the following message.

“Welcome to the new Dartmouth Neighbourhood Plan website.
The Steering Group and the Topic Group Leaders are in place and actively beginning their detailed work. The immediate task is to build further the evidence base we need to support the plan.
Your input is vital. Please go to the Take Part section of this website or to our email address  info@dartmouthplan.org and let us have your messages and enquiries.
Now is the time for you to act. Your input will help us develop suitable plans and policies for Dartmouth for the next 15-20 years.
We intend to provide regular updates so please look out for them on this website.”

Robert Brooke
Chairman of the Steering Group

The Vision of the Steering Group which has been set up to drive forward with the Plan preparation is to ensure that Dartmouth is a flourishing community with a successful economic future. We are particularly keen to create new employment and business opportunities and make sure the Town has an infrastructure to meet the future needs of residents, businesses, workers and tourists.

We want to hear your views and ideas so that we can develop practical policy proposals that will benefit all parts of the community over the next 15-20 years. Individuals, businesses and voluntary groups can all contribute. In return we will seek to keep everyone properly informed in a timely manner. We have created this website with an email contact address to do this

The Vision for Dartmouth towards 2034

Dartmouth is located at the scenic mouth of the River Dart located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designated because of its exceptional countryside, dramatic coastline and waterfront. Dartmouth has limited opportunities for new development. However, any growth within the Neighbourhood Plan area should be sustainable and carefully controlled to meet local needs, respecting both the natural environment and the architectural heritage, protecting biodiversity and making provision against the effects of climate change.

To thrive as a coastal market town for the future, Dartmouth will require a diverse population of permanent residents, second home owners and seasonal visitors with a balanced age structure to ensure the town’s viability for the future as a place to live, work, and visit. Any new housing must reflect, therefore, the needs of such a population, and its integration as one community should be improved and strengthened by enhancing the connections between the upper part of the town and the historic town centre by the river.

To support a successful economic future and a flourishing community, there should be a well-functioning infrastructure, including enhanced broadband, improved transport, health and social care provision, and educational and recreational facilities, particularly for the young, but also for those seeking to develop healthier lifestyles.

The town’s economy will continue to depend in large measure on the tourism it attracts by its exceptional natural setting, marine facilities, historic interest, and cultural events. These attractions should be enhanced by an attractive mix of retail businesses, many of them independent, to meet the requirements of both tourists and residents. However, the town should also look to the future with new employment and business opportunities that reflect a green, changing economy and the revolution in working practices.

The many unique historical, green and urban spaces of Dartmouth will require protection, enhancement and conservation. All are special assets recognised as essential to the health and social well-being of those living and working in the town and vital for its economic and commercial future.

Assumptions & Constraints
In describing this vision, some working assumptions must be stated.

  1. The historic town centre by the river is spatially constrained. Identifying areas for future development will be part of the Neighbourhood Planning process.
  2. The area of the NDP is contained virtually entirely within the South Devon AONB. All development must be aligned to AONB policies for conserving this exceptional landscape.
  3. Any actions to develop the town’s built environment or manage the surrounding natural environment must meet the criteria of sustainability and protection of bio-diversity.
  4. The town’s resilience in the face of rising sea levels and the increased frequency of severe weather events must be addressed in the period covered by the NDP.

Topic Groups to address the interrelated social, economic and environmental
issues to be covered by the plan

  1. Our Economy
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Our Green Environment
  4. The Town Environment

It is essential that each Topic Group focuses primarily on the use and development of land and the associated planning issues. All individual contributors to the NDP process must be alert to the risk of wasting time discussing matters beyond its scope or on which it can only have negligible impact. The inter-relatedness of the topics will make liaison between the Topic Groups essential.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. admin says:

    Hi this is our comments section. We reserve the right to exercise editorial control over this area. We will delete any comments that do not comply with our communication policy

  2. VAL GIBBONS says:

    I was involved in the 2016 group that was discontinued and would be interested in joining the new set-up; hopefully more will come of this one.

    My principal interest would be for more homes to be for those of us who wish to downsize to an apartment/bungalow or similar, thus freeing the larger homes for families. At present, people whom I know are being forced out of Dartmouth to find appropriate accommodation.
    Another push would be the Townstal area to return to its former glory. The present approach to town is downright scruffy. Volunteers do a marvellous job of clearing litter and weeds but it shouldn’t be left to them.
    As a Visitor Centrevolunteer for over a decade, I’m very worried at present by the total lack of parking for visitors who, with no P & R, are unaware of the free parking up there, or the details of the 90 bus timetable from Sainsbury’s. Many visitors probably drive straight of town again and never return.

    1. admin says:

      thank you for your comments Val. I will pass on your interest to our Chairman.

    2. admin says:

      Can you please send us your email address or phone number to chairman@dartmouthplan.org so our Chairman can contact you.

      Thank you

  3. Ray Bridges says:

    Tourism plays a large part in Dartmouth’s economy and the town has a great history but needs to be smartened up. Areas of the town should be pedestrianised such as The Quay, Duke Street, Market Square, Broadstone and Clarence Street. These areas are already treated as pedestrianised by visitors.

    Mayors Avenue should have the pavements repaired and Travis Perkins builders yard (not the retail part) moved up to the industrial estate. The listed medieval warehouses could then be repaired and used as a visitor centre and museum.

    There should be a good and safe slipway built near but away from the Higher Ferry, to encourage more boat users of all kinds to boost Dartmouth’s economy. Negotiations should begin to encourage the MOD to let Dartmouth have some of the large unused areas of the BRNC grounds for parking boats, cars etc. Coronation Park should be kept for physical activity, not used for more storage of boats etc.

    Parking time on the North Embankment should be limited to 4 hours in the winter months. Locals say it is harder to park there in winter months than summer months.

    Pinch points (e.g. at Norton) should be removed on the incorrectly named “A”3122 so that there is a “white line” road all the way to Totnes.

  4. admin says:

    Thank you for your comments Ray they will be passed on to the relevant Topic Group heads as a part of our community consultation process.

  5. Paul Grice says:

    Can I ask what plans are proposed for electric vehicle charging points in dartmouth and the surrounding area. Hybrid and Full electric car are becoming more popular and this will only increase in the future. The benefits for air quality and climate change are something I would hope is being considered now . The closest charging point currently is at Little Coombe Farm and obviously this is some way out of the town. The introduction of Lamp post charging points or designated charging areas would be of huge benefit to the town .

  6. admin says:

    I know that Councillor Ged Yardy of Dartmouth Town Council is looking in to this issue for the Town Council and that there are discussions about putting charging points in at the new Health Center by the Park & Ride. However the Neighbourhood Planning steering group will be looking at the long term strategy for this, as we agree you are right about the rapid growth of EV’s. I read recently that EV’s are now outselling diesel cars in the UK!! Please watch for our plan.

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