Dartmouth and Kingswear Society



Our Concerns

The Society takes a close interest in those issues which may have a significant impact on the environment of our locality or the vitality of our community. Key aspects which we are currently monitoring include:

The Local Development Framework

A new local plan is being prepared by South Hams District Council. Further details including the Society’s position are given under Planning.

Conservation Areas

The existing Conservation Areas for Dartmouth and Kingswear are under review by South Hams District Council. The Society is strongly in favour of extending the Areas and strengthening the relevant planning requirements. We worked closely with Council Officers on draft proposals and, after some delays, these are expected to reach public consultation in early 2011; futher details can be seen here.

Open Spaces

We are keen to ensure that the existing open spaces within our communities are retained and managed in a way which gives maximum benefit to all. As an example we recently participated in the consultations on improvements to leisure use in Coronation Park in Dartmouth. At various times proposals have been made to install permanent car parking on the Park. We are strongly opposed to this, in view of the loss of green space and the visual impact which would result at a key locality in the Dartmouth townscape.

Parking

Parking in Dartmouth is clearly a difficult issue, with no ideal solution available in a town constrained by its geography and history. However the Society believes that many incremental improvements can be made and is accordingly an active member of the Dartmouth Parking Group. Recent changes have seen improvements to the Park-&-Ride and to signage; proposals by Devon County Council to increase the number of on-street parking spaces are being considered, but we are unconvinced about the Council’s recent plans to introduce on-street Pay-&-Display metering. A scheme to install an underground car park beneath Coronation Park has been suggested but we await further details before reaching a firm view.

Noss Redevelopment

The owners of the old shipyard site at Noss submitted redevelopment proposals for outline planning approval in August 2009, following an extended consultation exercise. The Society welcomes renewal of this site and many of the facilities which are planned, but we are concerned about the scale of development and the visual impact in a very sensitive site on the River. We submitted a letter to the planning committee, in particular objecting to the height of the buildings on the waterfront. However in May 2010 the Council chose to approve the Application; detailed planning approvals will still be needed for the individual buildings.