Biggest housing development on dartmoor

Laura White
Laura White

It’s the biggest housing development on Dartmoor and very soon people will start to move into the 90 houses in Chagford, the former stannary town.

There have been concerns and reservations around the project from the start which has changed the face of the lower part of the town, with a new primary school which was opened last year, new fire station and the new
Bellacouch Meadow.

With housing, or lack of it, becoming a major issue in the UK, many towns like Chagford have had to incorporate new developments especially in the South West with more and more people wanting to come and live in this part of the world.

The Moorlander was shown around the site at the weekend to see how the project was getting on, escorted by a member of CG Fry and Son who are putting in new infrastructure and building the development.

There are new streets, meadows and ponds being built or created, water courses being diverted, ground levelled for housing.

The developers have noted the local environment and have incorporated bat boxes for Horseshoe bats and the meadow will be a haven for mammals and wild flowers. The old Chagford Fire Station will very soon be knocked down to make way for housing.

The houses will be 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed houses; this means there will be up to 400 new residents swelling the Chagford population from 1,500 to nearly 2,000. To their credit, CG Fry have built the houses sympathetically with stone and wood cladding covering the block work.

There are plans for new developments in the Teignbridge area, notably Newton Abbot which has a campaign ‘Newton Say No’ to prevent 1,500 new houses being built at Wolborough Hills on the outskirts of the town.

The campaign has now raised £25,000 through Crowdfunding to mount a legal challenge. A plan by Plymouth, West Devon and South Hams councils will see 26,700 new homes being built in the area by 2034.

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