Dear Abbotskerswell Parish Resident, Abbotskerswell Parish Council are OBJECTING to the latest proposals for the

Development of land at Wolborough Barton - proposal for 1,275 homes, hotel and link road

The landowner has lodged what’s called a hybrid application. The reference number is 17/01542/MAJ. 

The full document explaining our objection and our letter to Teignbridge District Council can be downloaded here, and a previous article on the subject can be seen here. There is also a letter to TDC dated 17.1.18 summarising the issues surrounding this development that have been highlighted by the consultees.

This involves a mixed-use application involving 1,275 new homes, a primary school, up to 3,500 square metres of employment floor space, two care homes, community facilities, a local centre, open space including play areas, allotments, Multi Use Games Area and other associated infrastructure. There is also a proposal for the change of use of the existing agricultural buildings opposite Wolborough Church to a hotel, restaurant and bar/drinking establishment and revised route and timing for the proposed new link road.

Abbotskerswell Parish Council and Wolborough Residents’ Association(WRA) have worked meticulously through the extensive suite of TDC web portal documents – there were 2,257 pages – to produce a formal response from our Parish Council. With WRA, APC jointly concluded that we should OBJECT to the submitted hybrid application. The joint reasons for objecting are presented with this flyer for you to consider and fully understand the collective position that we are taking.

Abbotskerswell Parish Council are proposing to object to the latest proposals and we wanted to let you know what’s happening and how you can help by giving your view to TDC. That the application site is historically important, is valued by its local community, and is extremely environmentally sensitive is irrefutable. Therefore, at this stage, the precautionary principle should be applied and the application refused.

APC Recommendation: Abbotskerswell Parish Council considers the application as it stands is unsustainable and therefore strongly OBJECTS to application 17/01542/MAJ.

If you wish to make representations on this application, you have until the 24th October (TDC Planning Committee Meeting) to do so.

Democratically, it is particularly important that individuals also make their views known, whether for or against. You can see Abbotskerswell Parish Council’s submission on the Abbotskerswell Parish Council website at www.abbotskerswell.org.uk which explains why we feel this application, in its current form, is detrimental to the Parish, to Ambrook Ward and to Teignbridge South. The Parish website also gives links to the Planning Application on TDC’s website, where you will see the latest submissions, responses and comments. These can also be accessed on the internet at:


To read the documents, please click on “Documents related to this Application are available here.”

To comment online, please click on “You can comment on this application using this form.”

If you wish, you can - email a submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or - send a letter directly to TDC Planning Department, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 4XX

Whichever method you choose, please make sure you use the planning reference 17/01542/MAJ.

Abbotskerswell Parish Council, 21st September 2017

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