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. 

We welcome new members to the Residents Association who wish to protect the heritage of this unique village.  We would also welcome nominations for committee members, so if you are interested in joining the committee please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PLEASE NOTE - subscriptions for 2021 are now due.  We are encouraging members to set up a standing order for £3 per person; membership is individual.  Please complete the membership form and forward it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you prefer to pay in cash please deliver it to Shalimar (house on the corner of Tomouth and Pitt), Tomouth Road, Appledore.  The membership form can be found under the Membership tab.

UPDATE - PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE LAND ADJOINING PITT HILL AND Wooda Road - 1/1343/2018/OUTM and 1/0871/2020/REMM  The reserved matters application has now been published on the Torridge District Council website - there are 90 documents to review.  The reserved matters was discussed at the Northam Town Council Planning Committee meeting and councillors recommended refusal.  The REMM application will be discussed at the TDC Plans Committee on Thursday 4 March 2021 at 0930h on Zoom.

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.  We have suggested that it could become a Quiet Lane and are preparing a survey for you to complete.  In the meantime it has been proposed that traffic counters are installed to monitor the flow of vehicles on Pitt.


On Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 18h Northam Town Council Planning Committee will be discussing six planning applications all relating to Appledore.  If you would like to follow the meeting the Zoom meeting the details are on the agenda.

1/0054/2021/DIS and 1/0072/2021/DIS - Land at Torridge Road, Chichester Homes Developments Ltd - these applications refer to discharge of certain conditions including the Construction Management Plan which the ARA has objected to.  

1/0103/2021/OUT Land at Alpha Place - an outline application for two three-bedroom houses with all matters reserved except access.  The Planning Statement is an interesting read and states that the previous planning applications and an appeal were all refused on the basis of highways access.  The Planning Statement fails to demonstrate that access to the site is going to be improved for heavy lorries driving up or down Meeting Street, turning into Alpha Place with building materials.

Comments have been requested from TDC on an application for Certificate of Lawful Development 1/0077/2021/CPE the land at Knapp House.  The purpose of this land is to certificate the land as recreational and not agricultural, even though sheep are seen grazing on the land for many months of the year.