Newsletter 2 2020 april

RYDA Newsletter 02/2020

Before we move onto other things; we would like to say a BIG thank you to all the amazing people who have volunteered help in our villages. We are truly blessed to live in such a caring community. Little things, like a phone call to check on someone, a prescription delivery, or newspaper to the bigger things like shopping and meal deliveries make such a difference to those who are isolated for various reasons

Dear RYDA members,


We are aware that at the moment you are probably being bombarded with e mails from not only us, but also the parish council, if you are registered on their list.


To save you the bother of reading all of these, to see if you have already received it, all of our forwarded e mails will be prefixed Fw: so you may identify them.


We believe that we have a duty to ensure all our members are aware of the official correspondence at this time. 

There are 3 Facebook pages (if you are into Facebook) for information. The first is our own; The RYDA: The 2nd is Corona Virus help in Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo (for notices about the virus and help available): The 3rd is Newton and Noss Village (where you can find all the hints and activities for children from colouring patterns to virtual tours of zoos, and even theatre productions for free).

Just in case you don’t want anything to do with Facebook, here are a few free sites for entertainment and self improvement






  • Zoom for viewing and chatting with the others on a four way split screen  (Skype, Facetime and many others are available !!)



  • Investigate family history -  Ancestry, FindmyPast and a lot of free sites as well





  • With the majority of schoolchildren across the UK now learning from home, Audible has released a collection of audiobooks for free, which it says will be available 'for as long as schools are closed'.

         Books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh and Timeless    Tales of Beatrix Potter.


  • Online PE lessons for kids every weekday morning with Joe Wicks (aka 'The Body Coach') live-streaming a 30-minute PE class on his YouTube channelfor free (his normal fitness plans are £97 for 90 days).


  • The British Library has decided to make its exhibit: “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” available online so everyone magic-born and muggle alike can have a chance to experience it during the current crisis.


  • Calmis offering 'soothing meditations', a 'calm masterclass', 'calm kids' and mindfulness resources. They're available via its website – see Calm's free content.

  • Headspacehas a collection called Weathering the Storm, which includes meditations, sleep and movement exercises.




  • Carol Vorderman has announced that access to her maths school The Maths Factor will be free while schools are closed (normally £2/week). It's aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds and is matched to the national curriculum.


  • The Royal Opera House might be closed, but it's offering free broadcasts on its Facebook and YouTube channels, including:

         Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 – 7pm on Friday 27 March

         Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 7pm on Friday 3 April

         Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 7pm on Friday 10 April

         The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 7pm on Friday 17 April


       After they've been broadcast, these performances will be available on those channels to view 'on                  demand', so don't worry if you can't tune in at the times above. There's also free content from the               Royal Opera House available on BBC iPlayer to watch anytime, including The Royal

Ballet: Mayerling

       Pappano's Greatest Arias and Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot.


    • Instrument manufacturer Fender has made its online guitar courses free for three months – but you'll need to nab a code, and there were only 100,000 available when the offer launched on Friday 20 March.     

Now it is spring time, those of you lucky enough to live within walking distance of our woodlands will be treated to this years array of blue bells. Enjoy their perfume while taking your exercise.


It is now 5 months since Court Woodland was bought by the RYDA through public donation, and there is much to update you about.

Of course we cannot avoid mentioning coronavirus as it is obviously having an impact on the work that we would like to be getting on with but cannot. However we will just have to work twice as hard whenever we are set free!


What We Have Done


Some of this may seem very mundane, but every step has been important if we are to manage the Woodland in the way you would expect us to.


  • A Court Woodland Management Committee has been set up to manage all aspects of the Woodland.
  • The RYDA’s ownership of the Woodland is now registered with the Land Registry.
  • All of the safety policies have been written and implemented.
  • The boundaries of the Woodland have been surveyed and marked. However, there is still some discussion to be had with our neighbours particularly on the western boundary as both of the abutting properties (Menryn and Heron’s Reach) have new owners.
  • We have a draft Management Plan which will cover the next 5 years.       It does need more work and so has not yet been published.
  • We have arranged for an environmental survey to be conducted in April/May.
  • The major physical work has been to start to open up new pathways in order to provide less strenuous but enticing circular walks.

We have recruited 15 volunteers to help with the work we need to do. We have had a number of successful working parties but these have now been put on hold because of the coronavirus threat.

A step recently cut into a fallen tree

  • We have opened up a discussion with the Woodland Trust in order to agree what measures can be jointly taken for the mutual benefit of both the Woodland and our neighbour, Newton Wood.


The Plans for the Future


  • Our priority is to complete the path network. We expect to have completed this during the current year as long as the lurgy allows us to.
  • Complete the environment survey. This will give us the base information to guide our activities in the future; for example where we need to encourage bluebell growth or whether there are any ecologically sensitive areas we must pay particular attention to.
  • Finalise the management plan.
  • Establish a routine maintenance regime once the initial works are completed.
  • Plan and install bird boxes, notice boards, path signage etc.
  • Choose, acquire and site benches as required. (Two local residents have already offered to donate or make a contribution towards them.)


What You Can Do to Help


One of the purposes of buying the Woodland was to open up some pathways to encourage more people to use it. We suggest that this may be the perfect time to do that on one of your daily exercise periods. Of course, still keeping your social distance.


Whilst the working parties have been halted, there will be work to do once we start again, so do volunteer if you are interested.


And finally, do please tell us if there is something we are not doing or could do better. After all, it is your Woodland.

"Extraordinary Times"


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. . . .”


It is 160 years since Charles Dickens penned his best known literary work – but just like Dr Manette in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, we are undoubtedly living in extraordinary times.

Never before has freedom of physical movement been so constrained, whilst our connectivity to the wider world remains so high. Uncertainty lingers like an unwelcome visitor as every family ponders how the pandemic’s consequences will affect its future.

People’s response to the health crisis facing all members of society has been at times diametrically opposite: some folk showing ‘the age of wisdom’ – self isolating at the first opportunity, whilst others freely socialise in seaside resorts, beauty spots or in pubs to the last possible moment ‘the age of foolishness’.

Most of us have experienced some fear of the future as we consider the potential illness which may affect us or loved ones. But we should avoid allowing our concerns to become all consuming and reflect instead on the wonderful ability of our community to come together in mutual support and love.

Thank you to all our local volunteers, coordinators, Health Service workers and carers, friends and neighbours.

Keep in touch!


Although the quantity of Planning Applications had diminished in the early part of this year there has been an increase of late, indeed South Hams Council are reporting that last week they experienced a significant increase in the number of new planning applications, some 50% above that normally received, this will have a short term impact on the time taken to register applications. Is it that people now have time to submit them or are hoping to slip a controversial one through whilst everyone is distracted?  Your guess is as good as mine.


Two of the more significant recent applications are outlined below:


Land opposite Lifeboat House, Yealm Road, (Application Ref: 0723/20/FUL) click on the link for more detail.

This application is for the construction of two low profile three bedroom houses on what is currently a builder’s storage yard at the end of Yealm Road, in front and below the new apartments at the old Yealm Hotel. The proposal shows that they occupy approximately half of the site. Parking provision, on the lower ground floor at road level, allows for two cars per dwelling, which is the minimum requirement of the Neighbourhood Plan but has no provision for visitors. The amenity area (garden) is to the east of the building, although this seems to be at an elevated level.

The view below shows how they would appear from Yealm Road, with the Yealm apartments behind.

The boundary to Yealm Road is formed by a 3 metre high natural stone wall extended along the whole site. The vehicular access is via the existing bus turning bay. As the building is close to the road, its construction process has significant potential to cause disruption to users of the road.  

The Construction Management Plan says that the site has adequate space to accommodate all works and equipment. As a significant part of the building is so close to Yealm Road, it is difficult to believe that there will not be some encroachment onto the road.

We would particularly like your views on this proposal. We should consider how this proposal aligns with the objectives of our Neighbourhood Plan, particularly that this location falls within Policy Area 1 and should therefore respect the “low density” of nearby buildings. Is this the case? Is the massing / dominance of the building excessive? Would it have been preferable to have been divided into two detached dwellings separated by a landscaped amenity area? Is the site adequate to accommodate the two dwellings?

These are relatively modest dwellings and fulfil a local need for smaller homes; they could be seen however, as ideal second or holiday homes and therefore should be protected by a “principal residence” requirement.



Carradale, Passage Road. 0575/20/HHO

This householder application is for a 3 metre extension to the east to accommodate an increase in bedrooms from three to four all en-suite. The elevations below are those seen from the river. The ridge height remains the same.

The Construction Management Plan has undertakings to keep all materials etc on site and contractor’s vehicles away from the site but has nothing to say on transport deliveries to and from site, a particularly contentious issue on this narrow, no through road.

Carradale (existing)

Carradale (proposed)

Rosemont, 42 Yealm Road. Application Ref: 3938/19/OPA

We all hope to see Rosemont reborn in a useful guise. This outline planning proposal is for a change of use from residential care to 4 x 2 bedroom and 1 x 3 bedroom self contained flats.

Unfortunately the parking provision on the site is completely inadequate; our Neighbourhood Plan requires 2 parking spaces per 2 or 3 bedroom dwelling, in this case there are only a total of 5 spaces, as it stands this proposal would generate significant on-road parking, adequate on-site provision must be generated.

Although these flats could provide suitable options for “downsizing” the last thing Newton and Noss need are more holiday or second homes, therefore these should be protected by a “principal residence” requirement.


As with all comments on planning application, the RYDA’s comments only count as one, if you feel strongly on the merits of any application, either supporting, objecting or undecided, then please submit your own comments to South Hams Council on their Planning website.

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