The Parish of Stokenham, bounded by the black line on the map, covers the whole of the southern half of Start Bay, from Slapton Sands to Start Point and on to Lannacombe Beach. It encompasses the villages of Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, Kellaton, Kernborough, Dunstone, Beeson and Chillington, as well as Stokenham itself, covers an area of some 20.6 square kilometres, and has a population of approximately 2,000.
The seven larger settlements and many smaller hamlets and farms are connected by miles of narrow country lanes, byways, bridleways and footpaths. The main arterial route in and out of the parish is the A379, which runs north to Dartmouth and west to Kingsbridge. This route is serviced by the First Western National Bus Company, with connections available to Plymouth (change for Derriford Hospital), Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes (our nearest main line railway station) and Exeter. The parish also enjoys the service of The Coleridge Bus, a community bus providing weekly runs from outlying areas to Kingsbridge. There are airports at Plymouth and Exeter.
South Hams planners will have plenty to think about, thanks to all those who attended one of last week's lively Local Plan drop-in sessions in Chillington and Stokenham! As well as some very firmly held views in response to the specific proposals in the Plan, villagers expressed a surprisingly wide range of opinions on the best way to manage future development in the Parish and beyond.
Despite an extensive volunteer leafleting exercise in both villages, we know that some people didn't find out about the meetings until it was too late, or were unable to attend either of the sessions. If you were one in one of these groups, don't despair – the consultation runs until 12 August, so there's still plenty of time to make your views known.
For background, best start here. Once you've digested that, the response form can be found here. For those who prefer to fill out a printed version of the form, the parish clerk still has one or two copies. Or, if you prefer, you can put your response in a letter, which should be addressed to: South Hams and West Devon Place Making Team, c/o Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5NE.
In all cases, be sure to get your responses, whether in print or online, back to South Hams by 5pm on 12 August!