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 meets on a monthly basis, there are two Members' meetings in June and November and an AGM in March each year. Members of the committee attend 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 until Government guidelines allow us to do so; the committee meetings are held monthly virtually.
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE LAND ADJOINING PITT HILL AND Wooda Road - One of ARA's many concerns is the amount of traffic that will be using Pitt Lane, especially with the additional planning application for an additional 27 dwellings 1/0769/2020/OUTM. We have had a Zoom meeting with a representative of Devon County Council Highways Department about the steps that can be taken to protect Pitt Lane becoming gridlocked with traffic from the developments driving to and from Appledore. In the meantime it has been proposed that traffic counters are installed to monitor the flow of vehicles on Pitt.
We have prepared a Quiet Lanes survey which is available on the ARA Facebook site. Thank to everyone who responded and one of our committee members has made a first analysis of all the answers. We received over 100 responses. We are now liaising with DCC Highways on how to progress the establishment of quiet lanes and we shall keep you informed.
Residents in the Pitt Hill/Lane area have received a notification letter and a map from Baker Estates of intended temporary closure of Pitt Lane at Wooda Road from 2 August 2021 for a period of six months. The map shows the diversion which is to drive along Churchill Way and turn right into Pitt Hill. The traffic on this narrow rural lane is going to be atrocious and where are cars, vans, lorries etc going to turn round once they have done their delivery. If the two applications to develop land on the north-west side of Pitt are successful, which we are hoping they will not be, all the construction vehicles will have to come up Pitt Hill. As we are all aware Pitt Hill is used by parents taking their children to school in the morning and as the pavements are extremely narrow or non-existent, they have to walk in the road. It is an important that we all object to this temporary traffic regulation order. You can telephone Richard Davis on 01579 Champion Contracts Manager and/or Mark Sexton on 01626 241404 Baker Estates Production Director. The ARA will be sending objections to Devon County Council, the fire brigade and the ambulance service.
Planning application 1/0576/2021/FUL - 3 no. detached dwellings on Land Adjacent To Greenacres Pitt Lane - yet another application for three houses on a green field on Pitt. The ARA will be objecting to these three houses for a number of reasons. Apparently they are for local families and are not second homes or holiday lets. However, a large section of the hedge will be destroyed and there will be additional traffic on Pitt Hill which was not built for two way traffic to and from Appledore. The sewage system is at breaking point in the area and additional homes will mean more outflow of sewage into the sea.
Working party on Appledore parking - a working party was set up at the beginning of 2021 to review the parking issues in Appledore. An interim report can be found on Northam Town Council's website and this was discussed at the full Council meeting on Wednesday 30 June 2021. It is proposed that one of the Skern fields becomes an overflow car park for Appledore. Two members of the ARA committee were at the Council meeting and voiced their concern that Skern was too far from Appledore and that there is a lack of pavement in one area. Some councillors suggested that people walk on the coast path - it was obvious that not many of them have walked along that part of the coast path! In addition it is proposed to prepare a consultation document with Appledore residents to assess the interest in having residents parking in Appledore.
The ARA has had a number of meetings with the new County Councillor Dermot McGeough and he has assured us that the following issues will be addressed: the repainting of the white lines on the roads throughout Appledore, weeding of the roads and pavements, cleaning of the road signs and a crossing for the school on Richmond Hill.
The ARA has had meetings with Torridge District Council regarding the state of the bus shelters, the waste bins and refuse in general. Some of these issues are being progressed slowly.