Town Environment

  • Chairman – Paul Talbot
  • Mike Mills
  • Walter Fleet
  • Peter Knight
  • Karl Stone

The area for the ‘Town Environment’ will be defined as following the boundaries of the Conservation Area as defined in the Dartmouth Conservation Area appraisal 2013 and would include the proposed extension to the Conservation Area contained in that document and has now been subsequently adopted. Some of the objectives may not be considered appropriate for the Neighbourhood Plan policies but may be considered for Community Actions .

Dartmouth Conservation Area

1.0 Heritage

There should be a positive strategy for the conservation and enjoyment of the historic environment of the town centre, including heritage assets most at risk through neglect, decay or other threats. Maintaining and enhancing these features in a progressive but sensitive way, so that it remains an attractive destination for residents and visitors alike, will be essential to the town’s future prosperity. Any development within the ‘Town Environment “should, respect the architectural heritage.

2.0 Conservation Area

The conservation area contains heritage and non- heritage assets as well as the unique historical, green and urban spaces of Dartmouth and 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.

3.0 Economy – Employment

The town’s economy will continue to depend in large measure on the tourism it attracts by its exceptional natural setting, its marine facilities, and its historic and cultural interest. However, the town’s economy should look to the future with new employment and business opportunities reflecting a green, changing economy and working practices.

4.0 Economy – Retail Base

Protect the retail base of the ‘Town Environment’ by preserving and enhancing an attractive mix of retail businesses, many of them independent, to meet the requirements of both residents and visitors.

5.0 Housing

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. The ’Town Environment” is constrained topographically, with very few sites within the lower town suitable for the delivery of new homes. As such, growth to support the future needs of the town will continue to the south-west of the town centre.

6.0 Public Realm

Civic Spaces

Neighbourhood Plan should protect and enhance the Civic spaces of the town, creating positive places which contribute to people’s quality of life, engender local pride and attract visitors. These spaces provide a setting for Civic Buildings, areas for public events, markets and busy thoroughfares. Civic areas include: The Embankment, Bayards Cove and Market Square at
Dartmouth. Civic spaces should encourage social Interaction and delivering health and wellbeing benefits. Civic spaces are important and the character and quality of them say a great deal about the town itself.

Parks and Gardens

Overall Dartmouth ‘Town Environment’ is well served by the Royal Avenue Gardens, Coronation Park and Manor Gardens, although an increase in population within the town during events may put a strain on these important resources.

7.0 Parking and Transport

Traffic and parking as become an issue in the ‘Town Environment’ with conflict between permanent residents, second homeowners, businesses, holiday lets and day visitors. As part of the master planning exercise the distribution and use of parking should be reviewed in consultation with the different user groups.

8.0 Connectivity and Accessibility

All members of the community, including people with disabilities or for whose mobility is impaired by other circumstances should have access to and within the ‘Town Environment’. It is also essential that connections between the upper part of the town and the historic town centre by the river should be improved and strengthened so that Dartmouth becomes increasingly integrated as one community.

9.0 Community Facilities

To preserve and sustain the wide range of community facilities in the ‘Town Environment for the continued health and well- being of the community and visitors.