Newsletter 1.2019

RYDA Newsletter 01/2019

The next two events are a dusk walk and a moth reveal. Check our Facebook page or our web site for details.

Do not forget the RYDA AGM is on 23rd April at 19.30 in the WI Hall. As well as interesting speakers and a glass of wine, the new issue of the local phone directory will be issued to members (additional copies £5 ~ Note NO price increase!)

Spring is here, and with it the first sighting of deer crossing the estuary, and the start of events by Newton & Noss Environmental group. (If you wish to view the deer this is the link    There is also a video of the Dawn chorus on our Facebook page.

With Spring comes the season of “Open Gardens” in aid of St Luke’s Hospice, and other charities; (link to St Luke’s Gardens) the first has already gone, but a lot of hard work goes into these events, not forgetting the home made cakes and plants for sale, and the bonus is it’s for a good cause.

Do not forget our own beautiful woodlands which should be bursting with bluebells any day now

Did you know we have 2 lunch clubs in the villages?

One at Newton Ferrers WI hall at 12.00 on the First Tuesday of the month. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds go to charity.

The other is the Second & 4th Thursday at Noss Mayo Village Hall at 12.15.

Everyone is welcome.

Please note; On 25th April only, the lunch will be at WIC Hall Newton Ferrers.

For details see either our web site or the Parish magazine.

Fancy trying something new in 2019?

Yealmpton Bowling Club is offering coaching on Tuesday mornings at 10.00 from 16th April.

First few sessions free, with loan of woods. Contact Colin Burgess (coach) on 880472 or Bob Smith (secretary) on 405996. All ages & abilities welcome. Play for fun or competitively.

Yealm Rouleurs Cycling Club taster sessions, on 2ndy Tuesday of month, and 2nd Saturday. Open to all.

New Youth Street Band. Tuition available. 16.30 on Thursdays in Newton Ferrers School from 25th April. To book a place contact Vincent 873413 e mail

Planning Issues

For up to date news on the Yealm Hotel refer to the latest Marchand Petit news sheet.

Although new applications have been relatively few, there have been some significant Appeals made against recent Refusals of Planning Permission where your RYDA committee supported the refusal and made submission to the Planning Inspectors.

The first of these was the rejection of the appeal for a house on land adjacent to Barnicott, where the Inspector found that the proposals would harm the character and appearance of the area and would perpetuate an imbalance in the local housing stock. 

Another appeal was recently allowed and planning permission granted for a self-build dwelling to the north of 8 Perches Close, Membland.  The Inspector concluded that the location is appropriate and would result in no unacceptable harm to the environment as a result of travel. 

As both of these locations are outside the Neighbourhood Plan’s Village Development Boundary, it would be understandable to be puzzled as to why one was refused and the other granted, however we can only conclude that the former was in a much more exposed position and highly visible from many areas of the villages.


At the Parish Council Meeting on 14 March the Planning Appeal decision, for 8 Perches Close, Membland was discussed and it was suggested that the planning inspector had ignored the Neighbourhood Plan. The SHDC planning department was appalled at the decision and was considering seeking counsel’s opinion on the merits of applying for Judicial Review and the costs implications.

Two other significant appeals are pending, both on land to the south east of, and bordering Stoke Road, near the junction with Pillory Hill.

These separate applications are each for substantial dwellings (4 and 3 Bedrooms), which will be in locations highly visible from many areas of the Parish, overbearing nearby houses and forming almost continuous development between Noss Mayo and Bridgend. 

Details of these can be found on the SHDC Planning website (click the link) 3979/17/VAR and 3255/18/FUL . See also an impression of the proposed plans below. 

Your views on these would be most welcome, so that we may comment on your behalf. Please also send your views to South Hams Planning department.

And finally:-

Public toilets – In case you have been following the saga of the proposed closure of the Public Toilets and missed the recent Parish Council Meeting (14 March), we provide below and extract from their latest (Unconfirmed) Minutes:

“Cllr. Baldry (SHDC District Councillor) reported: the closures had been discussed by the SHDC Executive Committee where it had been admitted that a decision did not need to be made at this time. It would not affect the SHDC budget for the coming year. Nevertheless, the decision had been made to close the public toilets in Newton Ferrers in September. As usual the toilets would then be closed. It would then be a question as to whether they would re-open for summer 2020. Cllr. Baldry advised the Parish Council to delay taking further action until after the District Council elections. There would be a new Executive Committee member with responsibility for public toilets. It was hoped that the new Executive Committee member may be more open to negotiation. SHDC had not responded to the letter from the Parish Council raising questions on the data upon which the decision had been made. This had not been discussed in the Executive Committee meeting. Cllr. Baldry’s personal view was that it was unreasonable and unacceptable for the Parish Council to take on entire responsibility. It was a tourist area and there were health implications”.

The River Yealm and District


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