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. There is also a kiosk, the Salty Dog, in Smugglers Lane near the beach. For administrative purposes, most of Holcombe falls within the Dawlish South West ward of the Teignbridge District Council, although some residents live in the Teignmouth East ward.
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.
Local Plan Review
Teignbridge District Council has opened a consultation on possible sites that might be developed in the next 20 years. One of the sites identified are the fields between Southdowns Road and Holcombe (opposite the Smugglers Inn) where 220 houses could be built.
If you feel strongly that these fields should not be used for new homes, it is important to make your views known now. Once the site has been included in the Local Plan, development will take place. You can submit your views using an online survey or by printing off a copy of a consultation form at this link:
Local Plan Review 2020 - 2040 - Teignbridge District Council
The Residents Association has sent the following letter to Teignbridge and more detail will be provided in the July edition of the Holcombe Newsletter. Consultation responses need to be submitted by 9 August.
Cream Tea - Saturday 24 July
Thank you to everyone who supported this event, in particular those who baked scones, and helped in the kitchen and tidying up. In total, we raised £350 which will be split between Children's Hospice SW and AIMS.
A new Facebook page has been created for Holcombe Residents, for example to share local wants, sales, help etc. (see icon above)
Although the attached document is produced by Bovey Tracey Town Council, it neatly shows the respective responsibilities of Town, District and County Councils.
The Associate Priest at St George's has now retired. Contact details until the post is filled are in the notice below.
Cavanna Homes has now commenced its development that should take around two years to complete. The site manager is Willie Whitelaw who can be contacted on 07525 732988.