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Welcome to The Appledore Residents Association

The Appledore Residents Association's aims are to enhance and optimise the quality of life for Appledore residents, local people working together for our local community. The Appledore Residents Association committee meet on a monthly basis, there are two Members' meetings in June and November and an AGM in March each year.  Members of the committee attending the Northam Town Council's planning meetings twice a month and the full Council meetings every month, also other meetings, hearings relating to the local neighbourhood plan, local plan etc.

Please note that the ARA will not be holding any public meetings during 2020; the committee meetings are held monthly virtually.  The minutes of the AGM held on 2 March 2020 are now available on line.

We welcome new members to the Residents Association who wish to protect the heritage of this unique village.

PLEASE NOTE - subscriptions for 2020 are now due.

Membership is per individual and is £3 per person.  You may renew your subscription by completing the membership form and deliver it to one of the committee, preferably the Treasurer at 37 Bude Street. 

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE LAND ADJOINING PITT HILL - 1/1343/2018/OUTM

There is a proposed development of 130 houses, in the first phase, by Baker Estates.  A public viewing took place on 19 July 2018 and this development is going to have an impact on the infrastructure of Appledore.  If you are interested in being part of the group which has been formed to ensure that all aspects of the planning application are adhered to and that the development does not expand beyond the boundaries proposed, please contact the ARA Secretary.

The outline planning application was approved by the TDC Plans Committee and the next step is for Baker Estates to submit the reserved matters application.  Apparently Baker Estates have a newsletter which has/will be sent to 120 local properties, a project website which includes exhibition boards and a feedback facility and videoconferencing for close neighbours and stakeholders.  www.bakerestatesconsultation.co.uk.

APPEAL HAS BEEN LODGED FOR THE OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR FIVE DWELLINGS AT HUBBASTONE ROAD WHICH WAS REFUSED BY THE PLANNING OFFICE AND TORRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL - the appeal has been upheld for the time being!

YET ANOTHER OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION WILL BE LODGED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS TO DEVELOP THE FIELD BEHIND THE FOOTBALL GROUND WITH 26 HOUSES - the ARA will be monitoring this and will publish the details as soon as they are available, so you are able to object to yet another development covering green fields.

OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION 1/0604/2020/OUTM for 39 dwellings on greed field sites which are NOT in the local plan.

The government published a White Paper on planning reform at the beginning of August with a twelve-week consultation period.  A key proposal is to remove local councils' powers to block housing development with a 'permission in principle' on new zoned land categories.  All land in local authority areas to be designated either for renewal, development or protection; developers wanting to build on the first two categories would not have to go through the full planning process.  Areas of outstanding beauty and green belts designated for protection.  New standards to ensure properties match the style of existing homes.  A new system of developer contributions to local infrastructure.  It is important that this White Paper is reviewed in detail so comments can be submitted to government.