Dear Parishioner

You are hereby summoned to attend a virtual meeting of the above named Council that will be held on THURSDAY 8th APRIL 2021 at 7.30pm. Join the virtual meeting by using the zoom link as shown below:-

Topic: Whitestone Parish Council Meeting. Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 881 1399 8264 Passcode: 792448

The business to be transacted is as follows:-


Declaration of Interests

Minutes of the virtual Council Meeting held on Thursday 11th March 2021.


PLANNING - These applications can be viewed on line by going into the public access system at Teignbridge Planning following the directions giving the application reference. The following applications having been received from Teignbridge District Council with a request for comments were examined and the following responses were sent which can be viewed on Teignbridge District Council Planning site:-

21/00546/VAR Variation of condition 2 on planning permission 20/01443/FUL (Two storey side extension) to amend the approved design at Royal Oak, Nadderwater.

Response:- The application 21/00546/VAR at The Royal Oak, Nadderwater EX4 2JH has been discussed and considered by Whitestone Parish Council. This application is a variation condition 2 on planning permission 20/01443/FUL (Two storey side extension) to amend the approved design. In response to points raised by the TDC Conservation Officer the applicant wishes to change the location of the toilet block from the rear of the building (South West elevation) to the North West side of the building.The Whitestone Parish Council have no objections to this amendment and therefore support this application.

21/00440/OUT Outline – dwelling (all matters reserved for future consideration at Higher Rowhorne, Rowhorne Road.

Response:- It is not clear from the application the current classification of the land at Higher Rowhorne and whether it is classified as agricultural or equestrian but the activity described by the applicant is of an equestrian nature. Typically agricultural buildings on farms are not to be used for keeping and breeding horses (as distinct from stabling work horses) and in general turning horses out on agricultural land with additional feed, rugging and riding on the land is not considered consistent with agricultural use.

This application is for outline planning to explore the possibility of building a Class C3 dwelling on this plot of land for the owner of the past 18 years. The application form section 11 confirms that it is not a commercial business and therefore must be considered recreational.

The application does not meet the Teignbridge Local Plan 2013-2033 Strategy Policies; S1A Presumption in favour of Sustainable Development, S1 Sustainable Development Criteria, S2 Quality Development, S22 Countryside, EC3 Rural Employment, WE9 Rural Workers’ Dwellings or EN2A Landscape Protection.

The application site is located outside any defined Settlement Limits as defined within policy S21A therefore this proposal is considered as development in the open countryside where provisions of policy S22 apply. The local plan seeks for development to be directed to sustainable locations with policies S1A, S1 and S22 not permissive of open market housing in the open countryside. The proposal seeks permission for a new 3 bedroom dwelling to be built in an isolated location where there are no other residential dwellings which is not supported within Policy S22.

The site is not easily accessible by foot, cycle or public transport and requires the use of a private car for access and therefore the proposal is not sustainable and does not accord with policy S1a or S1 of the Local Plan.

Given the nature of the proposal provisions of policy WE9 would not apply as there does not appear to be an essential functional need arising from the activity for a full time worker to be housed on site at all times as this is not a commercial business. A possible permit for a temporary caravan may suffice for the occasional periods of additional attendance on site.

Teignbridge Local Plan policy EN2a sets out that development proposals within an AGLV should conserve and enhance the qualities, character and distinctiveness of the landscape and have regard to the Districts Landscape Character Assessment. This proposal site lies within the Exeter Culm Slopes landscape character area, a part of the district’s landscape that is recognised as being a remote, strongly rural and where settlement is strongly vernacular in character. The landscape is recognised as being tranquil, largely unspoilt and of high quality. It is also locally valued and recognised as an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) with several recent decisions by the planning inspectorate protecting the area from unsuitable development. Views are afforded toward the undulating countryside with visual impact across the valley towards Newton St. Cyres, Newton Wood and Whitestone Wood.

In conclusion, having reviewed the application Whitestone Parish Council feel that the development proposal of a private dwelling in this location would not meet local policy and therefore cannot be supported.

21/00634/FUL Erection of hay storage building and formation of hardstanding at Bickhams Farm

Redhills 20/1380/OUT – Exeter City Council

Concerns over access and impact to Whitestone.

Grant of Conditional Planning Permission

20/01623/FUL Erection of agricultural building and associated works on land at Rebecca Springs, Nadderwater,

Refusal of Planning Permission

20/02344/FUL Conversion of disused business unit to a dwelling at Unit 2,Rebecca Springs

Further Discussion following response by applicants to representations made by Parish Council for

21/00422/NPA for change of use of two agricultural buildings into two residential dwellings at Hackworthy Farm, Hackworthy Lane.. 


Electrical works at 1 School Houses Discuss cost of works involved (£430.00) re notification from Carter Geering.

Bridge over Nadderbrook by Brook Cottage Discuss refurbishment of bridge – ideas and costs – how to include Parishioners involvement.

Parking at Crossways Teignbridge Housing only spaces – emergency vehicle access – limited parking spaces. Parishioner has requested Parish Council to investigate turning some of the Green into additional parking

Boat Naming Deciding the name of the new boat installation at Crossway Playpark.

Review the siting of the dog bins Progress from last meeting – actions review.

Review of DCC Lower Hare Farm – Judicial Review and consider progress and agree finances to pay services

Vehicle Activated Speed Signs

Action on Climate Change








Pat Vaughan Signature

Clerk to the Council email: patricia.vaughan2@btinternet.com