Welcome to the Holcombe website, a small village on the south coast of Devon
Holcombe is situated between the seaside resorts of Dawlish and Teignmouth, and has a population of around eight hundred people. The village has a church (St George's), a shop, two pubs (The Castle Inn in the village, and the Smugglers Inn on the coast road) and a Village Hall. We did have a Post Office but this was closed by the PO, in its wisdom, in September 2008. For administrative purposes, Holcombe falls within the Dawlish South West ward of the Teignbridge District Council.
Holcombe's history has been traced back over a thousand years. In this time, the village has changed considerably from a largely rural and agricultural community to the village we see today, with many residents commuting each day to Exeter or Torbay. The village's rich past has been associated with smugglers and been impacted by the growth of the railways - the Bristol to Plymouth main line goes along the coast at Holcombe and is one of the most scenic stretches of the rail network in the country. The heart of the village though has retained much of its character, with many thatched cottages in a designated conservation area.
This website is primarily for the residents of Holcombe and provides details of events as well as general information on the village. If you have any items for inclusion or any comments on the website, please contact the administrator, Andy, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
Dawlish Parish Neighbourhood Plan
The Steering Group overseeing the production of the Plan is seeking residents views on a wide range of issues. The consultation is being undertaken by a survey which can be completed online - click here
The Local Government Boundary Commission is consulting on changes that, if implemented, will move some Holcombe residents out of Dawlish and into Teignmouth for Council Tax and Election purposes - see below.
Comments on the proposals need to be submitted by 31 October.
One of the applications at Little Leigh, where outline planning permission for 20 houses has already been obtained, was refused by TDC's Planning Committee on Tuesday 23rd August. The application was rejected on design grounds, in particular it was contrary to Policy S2 (Quality Development) in the Local Plan. The developer has 14 days to decide whether it is prepared to discuss revised designs with TDC. If it decides not to do so, the developer can formally appeal the decision.
The other application at Little Leigh for a further 15 homes, where outline planning consent has not been obtained, has also been refused by TDC. The main issue is a disagreement between the Council and the developer on the number of affordable homes that should be built on this part of the site. This decision can also be appealed.
The application to vary the condition, so that 11 of the 12 apartments at Seaglass can be occupied before having to realign the main road, has been refused by TDC. As a result, no further flats can be occupied before changes to the road layout are completed as 8 of the apartments are already being used.
We have received a response from TDC regarding concerns the Association has expressed on the way this case was handled, in particular issues relating to the planning process and interpretation of policy. We continue to believe this case should have gone to the Planning Committee for determination. The Association has again written to TDC on these matters but has decided, at this stage, not to escalate it to the Local Government Ombudsman.