The water butts are once again full, but it is still cold and wet. Were you aware that there are lots of indoor events and activities going on in and around our villages?
A new coffee morning and chat has been organised jointly between the village post office and the “Dementia Friendly Parishes around the Yealm”. This occurs every Friday morning at Newton PO, 11.00-12.00am – Home made cakes and coffee £3.50.
There is also a Barn dance on 21st June,in aid of Cancer Research, a horrible illness that touches most of us in some way.
To keep up to date with whats on, view our community calendars or our notice board on the RYDA web site. (https://ryda.org.uk).
Weather warnings are also posted on our face book page which has welcomed 5 new members this month.
Another new box for Noss?
Woodville, Pillory Hill, Noss Mayo.
This site has a long and contentious Planning history, commencing in 2013 when two proposed schemes were withdrawn, a later application was refused and another dismissed on appeal. These were followed by a scheme for a four bedroom two story house which was approved in 2018. This new proposal is for the demolition of the existing (in poor condition) 2/3 bedroom house and replacement by a modern style (sedum green roof) 4 bedroom house. Please click on the link for full details: Planning Application 1025/19/FUL where you can also make your comments to South Hams DC.
The new proposal will occupy a similar part of the site as the extant approval, however, due to the low profile of the roof, this new proposal it appears to be slightly lower. Although larger, to some extent this is achieved by the innovative use of a subterranean bedroom on an intermediate level above the garage, there are to be three other en-suite bedrooms. There is also a TV room and an office with potential to be used as bedrooms.
The construction process will entail considerable excavation and therefore a significant volume of spoil removal along Pillory Hill. Material delivery and storage, noise from heavy machinery and builders parking will all present a need for careful management, yet the application fails to address these issues.
The view from Newton Creek and Newton Ferrers of both schemes is shown below, with the top drawing of the latest revised proposal and the bottom drawing of the earlier approved scheme:
You may feel that the design is not in keeping with neighbouring properties or that the increase in number of bedrooms is not supported by local need and that such additional accommodation will cause more traffic on Pillory Hill which is ill placed to cope. Although the approved design predates the Neighbourhood Plan, this new application should be subject to its requirements, which it fails on a number of points.
Whilst the Parish Council have submitted an Objection, your RYDA have not reached a conclusion, therefore your views would be useful.
Old Signal Station
Of particular interest to walkers is a National Trust application Planning Application Ref: 1618/19/FUL to convert the old Signal Station at Gunrow’s Down near Hilsea Point, into a shelter and basic accommodation for walkers using the South West Coast Path.
Although there is no provision for electricity, it may be that PV panels and battery storage could be a later addition, subject to Planning approval. The accommodation includes: sleeping platforms for 4, worktop and sink, plus a WC and hand basin.
The justification is that this would preserve a heritage building with minimum change to the existing building other than a small extension for the WC, drainage and potential PV panels. It is understood that the National Trust Ranger would check the accommodation, empty and clean the composting WC periodically.