Dartmouth and Kingswear Society


There are conservation areas in Dartmouth and in each of the villages of Kingswear, Stoke Fleming, Blackawton, Strete and Dittisham, and the Society is interested in them all.

South Hams District Council (SHDC) publishes Conservation Area Management Plans for the areas and our Committee, in its monthly monitoring of all planning applications, uses these management plans, amongst other factors, to assess the applications and ensure that the distinctive characteristics of the conservation areas are conserved and, where possible, enhanced.

Reviewing the Areas

SHDC is obliged to appraise its Conservation Areas from time to time to assess their condition and to review their extent. The Society assists in the appraisal process and makes detailed submissions to the SHDC Conservation Officer.

The most recent reviews are taking place in 2010-2011 and many of the Society's recommendations are being include in draft revisions to the areas. At this moment (late-April 2011) the public consultation on the Darmouth and Kingwear appraisals has just closed. Our letter in response can be accessed on our Key Submissions page. The draft documents can still be accessed through the links below:

The Blackawton, and Dittisham appraisals are still incomplete but South Hams District Council has already published those for Stoke Fleming and Strete.

An overview of South Hams District Council's Conservation Area policy can be seen here.