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!
Planning Application - 3 Fordens Lane
A planning application has been submitted to construct 2 four bedroom houses and 2 double garages in the back garden of the above property. The Residents Association has strongly objected to this application and written to Teignbridge District Council (see below).
Residents Association Membership
Annual subscriptions are now due and all existing members should have received renewal details. If you live in Holcombe and would like to join the Association, please click here for an application form.
The developer of Seaglass has now lodged an appeal against Teignbridge District Council's decision not to remove the condition requiring it to realign the main road at Holcombe Cross. The appeal uses the same arguments rejected by the Planning Committee although it also states that the work needed on the main road is "out of proportion to the nature of the development" and questions whether the change needed is "cost effective". The Association has written to the Inspector, who will consider the application, setting out our views that the developer should stick to the legal agreement that it has signed - click here
Cavanna Homes, the developer of the Southdowns Road site, has submitted a detailed planning application to build 18 houses. Full details can be found on Teignbridge District Council's Planning Portal. The Residents Association has objected to certain aspects of these plans - click here.
Beating the Bounds / Apple Day
The Residents Association, in conjunction with the Church, held a "Beating of the Bounds" with 25 people (and 7 dogs) walking the 4.5 mile route around the village. This coincided with the Community Orchard's Apple Day where freshly pressed apple juice and cakes were available. Our local Waitrose store had a stall and donated bread and cheese for the walkers and other attendees. Many thanks to everyone who supported the event.