Welcome to the official website of Strete in Devon, England, which is managed by Strete Parish Council. Strete is about a fifteen minute drive from Dartmouth. It is to be found on the high coastal ground at the eastern end of Slapton Sands. It's a good place to stay if you like exploring the local beaches and is also convenient for Kingsbridge, Totnes and Salcombe. Strete is situated on the South West Coastal Footpath and, with a variety of accommodation in the village, it is an ideal location to take a break in your journey. Take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful AONB surroundings.
The Submission Version of Strete Neighbourhood Plan is now available to view on the website.
This was submitted to SHDC on 10th January 2019 together with all the other regulatory documents to meet Regulation 15 requirements.
The plan has a number of Hyperlinks in the document that, by clicking on them, will take you to the various evidence needed to support the policies included in the plan.
SHDC have advised the plan will proceed to Regulation 16 during which they will look to appoint an Examiner.
The Examiner will ensure the plan complies with legislation and various regulations before issuing a formal acceptance report.
This will allow the plan to proceed to a referendum when registered members of the community will have the opportunity to vote on its acceptance.
Community support for the plan through the referendum will give it statutory credibility that SHDC should incorporate into their district policy for Strete.
Steering Group members have worked on this for three and a half years with the objective of meeting the aspirations of the community expressed in the early days of consultation.
Strete is a small community intent on protecting the environment appropriate to an AONB as well as the peace and tranquility that is evident every day/night. Whilst acknowledging the need for some new housing in the village it is vital that this is managed sensitively and that over development is avoided at all costs.
Your Steering Group believes the plan submitted meets with the aspirations of the majority in the parish and hope that you will support it.
The latest South Hams second home statistics reveal that one in every 12 homes in the South Hams is a second home. The third highest in the UK.
Recent data released by Government shows there are 3,835 second homes in the South Hams. This figure is more than seven times higher than the national average.
South Hams District Council recognise there is a high proportion of second homes in the area and are supporting Neighbourhood Plans that limit second homes by introducing a principal residence policy that should result in restricted occupancy being applied on new developments .
Steering Group members of Strete Neighbourhood Plan have incorporated a Principal Residency Policy into the plan in response to comments from the community.
A Neighbourhood Plan gives Strete community a much stronger voice in shaping the future of the village. Without it there is a risk that development may be introduced that does not consider the views of those who live and work in the parish. The plan will sit within the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan currently being finalised.
Once finalised and approved, both will have statutory force.
The six-week regulation 14 consultation phase of the draft neighbourhood plan closed at midday on 3rd April 2018.
29 of the 60 list of bodies and organisations invited to respond to the draft plan acknowledged receiving it. 7 submitted a response.
Approximately 300 summaries of the draft plan were hand delivered to properties in the parish together with 300 feedback forms.
47 feedback forms were returned by post or email – almost 16%.
An analysis of the feedback forms received shows a 92% overall support for the policies in the draft plan. In particular:
Policy SNP9: Housing Development Site at Cox’s Farm Fields received 70% support
Policy SNP13: Open Space at Cox’s Farm Fields received 77% support.
37 formal comments were received of which 21 proposed various reasons why the development site should be in the upper area of Cox’s Farm Fields.
The remainder supported the draft plan or sought clarification on policy wording.
The number of feedback forms and comments received is about the number that could reasonably be expected to be returned - enough to demonstrate that we have consulted effectively but not so many that the process becomes unwieldy.
These are now being incorporated into a register as required by the regulations.
Lee Bray (our consultant) will prepare draft responses to each comment received for Steering Group members to review before they are submitted to SHDC.
SHDC advised the following in respect of comments on the draft plan on 17th April 2018:
‘We now have draft comments from the specialist on this but we now have to circulate these to the delegated authority, the deadline for additional comments is the 26th April, I will try to send you the comments ASAP after this date.’
This will result in the response process being delayed until June assuming the comments from SHDC are received by 26th April.
This delay is very disappointing as it is important to keep the momentum moving forward to retain community interest and involvement in the process.
Strete Draft Neighbourhood Plan is now available for everyone to read.
The Regulation 14 Consultation phase starts at noon on 19th February for six weeks until noon on 3rd April.
Please open the link for full details. Regulation 14 Consultation Phase
The plan and all supporting evidence can be viewed online at www.strete.org.uk/neighbourhood/the-plan
This is the culmination of almost three years of hard work and commitment from members of the Steering Group together with the technical and professional support of our consultants Lee Bray and Richard Boyt.
Steering Group members have taken on board the comments and aspirations expressed by the community in the household questionnaire and shaped the plan to meet these in accordance with regulation requirements of the Localism Act 2011.
Your Steering Group would like to know your comments and views on the plan.
A Feedback Form is available at Feedback Form
This is your plan. Your support is important. Please complete and return the feedback form.