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 Leader of South Hams District Council has written to the Ministry of
Housing, Communities and Local Government to urge the Government to close a tax
loophole which allows second home owners to avoid paying any tax on their
Currently, owners of second homes can decide whether to register their properties for council tax or business rates. To qualify for business rates, the property must be available for let for a minimum of 140 days per year.
If registered for business rates, the owners of the properties can then apply for Small Business Rate Relief, and in most cases, this removes the charge completely.
Recently, the Government has consulted on a number of proposals to ensure fairer funding for local authorities in the coming years. Councillors from across the board at South Hams District Council feel that the proposals do not go far enough and do not support the Government view.
The District Council Network has put forward an alternative system where self-catering holiday accommodation is taxed through the council tax system, and members across the political spectrum at South Hams District Council strongly support this.
“It cannot be right that second home owners can let out their properties for hundreds of pounds a week, or even more, and pay absolutely nothing into the local economy. They are using local services and infrastructure like roads, and contributing nothing towards it.”
Records show that there are 1358 business rated properties in the South Hams which are second homes or holiday lets. If each property paid their fair share, an extra £2.47 million would be available for South Hams District Council, Devon County Council and the Emergency Services. The share of this to South Hams District Council would be about £223,000.
Cllr Tucker continued: “At a time when local authorities are struggling to maintain public services and our emergency services are under increasing pressures, the current system is fundamentally unfair. Small business rate relief was implemented to support our small businesses, village halls and local shops, not to allow people to dodge their responsibilities.”
Copies of the letter - South Hams District Council Consultation Response - were also sent to the local MPs, Dr Sarah Wollaston and Sir Gary Streeter, as well as Rishi Sunak (Parliamentary Under Secretary for Housing, Communities and Local Government), The Local Government Association and District Councils Network.
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.