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 email@example.com. Enjoy!
Red Arrows - Friday 19th August
Due to new flying restrictions, the field above the Smugglers Inn will not be available to view the display and there will be a temporary closure of the footpath from Windward Lane to opposite Southdowns Road. Further details are in the Press Release.
Planning consent has been obtained for 18 houses, five of which will be affordable homes. Following a discussion at the Residents Association's last General Meeting, the Association has written to Teignbridge District Council to understand why this major application was not decided by the Planning Committee. We have also received a response to the specific issues raised but we have now escalated the issue under the customer feedback procedures due to concerns relating to the processes that are adopted by TDC.
Arts & Crafts Exhibition
A few of the exhibits are now available to view online - click here
The developer at Seaglass has put in another application, this time to vary the condition so that 11 of the 12 apartments can be occupied before having to realign the main road. The present condition, recently confirmed by a Planning Inspector, requires no more than 8 apartments to be occupied before this work is completed. The Association has objected to this application (see below).
An application has been submitted for a change of use on part of the site, allowing 7 park homes to be situated where 7 caravans used to be located. The Association has provided some comments on this application but is not objecting to the proposal (see below)
Two formal planning applications have now been submitted. The first details the reserved matters on the land that already has outline planning consent for 20 houses. The second is a full application for a further 15 houses on land allocated in the Teignbridge Local Plan. The applications can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
Application covering reserved matters on 20 houses.
Application for a further 15 houses.
We have also received a response from the developer to the issues raised in the Public Meeting on Friday 15th April - see below.
After considering the above information, the Association has decided to object to the applications for reasons set out in the letter below. It is encouraging its members to write to the Teignbridge District Council by 3 June in similar terms.