The Play Area is Now Open Again

The Play Area has now reopened but everyone will need to be aware of Covid-19 when using the equipment.  The virus is spread by touch so please clean the gates, equipment etc before use.  We've posted this sign to advise users





Footpaths: Please Follow the Lockdown Advice



Beware of Covid 19 Test and Trace Scams
You NEVER have to pay for an NHS Test or Trace

Please stay safe and follow the guidance from the government.

If you think you may have the virus use the NHS 111 online service here.

If you want to know what the symptoms are and how to protect yourself check here.

For details of Council services, advice for residents, businesses, employers and employees go to  the EDDC website here.

The latest update from East Devon District Council is here (7th August) and includes all information for both residents and businesses.  It opens the relevant page the EDDC website. 

The latest update from Devon County Council (7th August) is here.

If you need help and cannot get hold of friends or neighbours you can use this window notice.

The Council has set up a local group in response to the Covid 19 crisis, it's called ALERT (Aylesbeare Local Emergency Response Team).  By now you should have received this guidance note through your letterbox.

If you or someone you know needs help please email Aylesbearepc@yahoo.com or telephone 01392 202692.

ALERT is also looking for volunteers. If you would like to offer support please email Councillor Anna Thompson cllrannathompson@hotmail.com 

The Parish Council will continue to operate throughout the virus period so contact the Clerk (Jim Roberts, 07768 457590 or 01392 202692) if necessary.



 Beware of Covid 19 Test and Trace Scams

 Criminals are trying to cash in on the new NHS Test and Trace process by sending out emails and texts, or phoning directly, to tell people that they have been in contact with a person who has the virus.  They then demand money for tests or tracing information.  Remember - Ignore these messages; you NEVER have to pay for an NHS Covid 19 test or trace.

The NHS Test and Trace website says 

The NHS Test and Trace service will not:

  • ask for bank details or payments
  • ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
  • ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
  • ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087

 For more information please check the NHS website.


Citizens Advice Bureau Ready to Help

Last year the CAB helped 16 residents of Aylesbeare and, despite the lockdown, they are still here to help.  The offices may be closed but there is a service 5 days a week online via their website, email, the CAB Facebook page or on the phone.


Green Waste Bin Collections Resume

Green Waste bin collections resumed on 11th May 2020.  If you would like to have a Green Waste bin they are supplied by East Devon District Council and further details are here.


 Recycling Centres Now Open

Devon's Recycling Centres reopened on Monday 11th May and restrictions have eased.  We've received this from Devon County Council -

Household vans able to use recycling centres

Restrictions at our recycling centres have eased again this week, so personal vans are now allowed to bring household waste as long as it’s only the same amount that would fit in a normal sized family car or trailer.

This is so we can make sure our centres have enough capacity to serve as many people as possible and keep unloading times to a minimum.

Three of our recycling centres are particularly busy, so in order to manage demand and keep queues to a manageable level you’ll need to book a time slot online if you want to visit Exton Road (Exeter), Pinbrook Road (Exeter) and Brunel Road (Newton Abbot) in your van.

Unfortunately, vans can’t be accommodated at the Totnes and South Molton (Maclins Quarry) sites due to their size.

 More details here https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/document/waste-disposal-and-recycling/


 A very big THANK YOU to Nicky Thomas for organising the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday.  The letters in the windows were fabulous and it was a great way to stay connected in a virus-safe way.

The Council would also like to thank Nicky & Penny for the work they do keeping the Aylesbeare Buzz Facebook group going.  It's a great source of local information and a lovely way to stay connected.  Thanks very much to you both.


   Reminder About Footpaths & Coronavirus


 Please remember to

  • Close all gates safely using gloves (the virus can live on surfaces)
  • Keep dogs under control (it's lambing and calving season)
  • Stick to the designated footpaths

A Free Book for 5- to 9-year-olds to help explain the Coronavirus

Axel Scheffler, illustrator of the Gruffalo books, has released a free book to help children understand what's happening.  You can download a pdf copy of the book from this website.  If you prefer you can email me - clerk@aylesbeareparishcouncil.co.uk  - and I'll send you the pdf. 



On Govenment advice all Parish Council meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Please check our Planning Applications page as planning will continue for the time being.  You can comment online using the EDDC Planning Portal

The minutes of March's meeting are here (opens as a pdf).




Parish Council's observations on the Barton Farm Planning Application 20/0228/FUL

Aylesbeare Parish Council has concerns regarding this application and would like to know the following:-

1: Parking. Aylesbeare already has a problem with parking and this development will reduce the availability of parking in Village Way (given the visibility lines). The Council feels that 2 spaces per unit is insufficient as often each adult in a house needs a car to get to work. Is there any provision for visitors' parking? If not this will lead to more pressure on the surrounding roads.

2: Drainage. Application 90/P0758 gave permission for 2 slurry tanks at this property. Have these been fully accounted for in the plans? Furthermore, the Council notes that the surge tank will release water towards the Churchyard. Will the arrangements prevent flooding to both the Churchyard and the area of adjacent land which the Church has bought for future burials? The Council needs to be sure that the burials, both current and future, will not be disturbed by flood events.

3: Recycling. The provision for recycling/landfill containers looks too small for the number of containers East Devon District Council's scheme requires. The Council is concerned that a standard provision for 2 bins (which many Districts use) has been applied to these properties. Will there be room for all the recycling bins?

As long as the above important considerations are addressed Aylesbeare Parish Council has no objections to the development.



Parish Council's observations regarding Planning Application for Container Storage in field opposite Petrol Station on A3052: 

 Click HERE to view as pdf document

We, The Parish Council of Aylesbeare, write with regard to the above planning application. It is incumbent upon us to identify and safeguard the countryside, retaining its distinctive character for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. We have reviewed the plans and know the location well. The Parish Council does not support application number 19/0100/FUL and wishes to object in the strongest terms to the proposed development of this site/location.

To that end we make reference to the East Devon District Council Local Plan, together with the draft Parish of Aylesbeare Neighbourhood Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework:


A key objective of the Local Plan is to conserve the environment, the landscape, historic character, its wildlife, agriculture and natural resource value. Development on High Quality Agricultural Land (Grades 1, 2 and 3a) will only be permitted where it is in accordance with a specific Local or Neighbourhood Plan policy that explicitly permits such development.

High Quality Land will be protected from development not associated with agriculture, respecting the intrinsic features that help define the character of rural East Devon.

It should have regard to the District Landscape Characterisation Assessment (LCA) and be appropriate for the location. Development in open countryside outside defined boundaries will be resisted.


(The site in question is Grade 2 land.)


These policies would be the starting point for consideration of any form of development within the Parish and EDDC’s Planning Department should take full account of these policies where this application is considered.


Further material concerns:



The proposed development is situated in clear view, in open countryside, in what is considered to be the 'Gateway to The Jurassic Coast' and lying less than half a mile from the boundary of East Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB).


"Neighbourhood planning consultations have revealed that communities across East Devon strongly support the protection and enhancement of East Devon’s outstanding natural environment" and, "Many people choose to live within the area due to its setting and the surrounding natural environment." - EDDC Local Plan.


Remedial tree planting and screening will not reduce the visual impact of the site for many years to come.



There is no demonstrable need of more self-storage. The district is already well served by several such facilities, none of which are operating to capacity. There are two large industrial/business parks within two miles of Oaklands Field that have the capacity to accommodate any future storage provision. The Applicant already has such an operation of approximately 126 containers (with ample room to expand?) at his Woodbury location.



The proposed access is almost opposite Oaklands Service Station, on the A3052 which is an increasingly busy and congested road with a 50 MPH speed limit. This is an Accident Black Spot. Accidents on this stretch of road, typically involve vehicles queuing to enter the garage or overtaking on what is a ‘fast A road’. Increased traffic entering or emerging from the proposed development can only increase the risks to road users. This will be further exacerbated during holiday periods when traffic volumes multiply significantly.



Residents of Withen hamlet are already experiencing problems with the flooding of the brook which runs directly from Oaklands Field and down through the middle of the hamlet. This is noted by the Environment Agency on their Aylesbeare CP Surface Water Flood Map (copy attached). Any additional hard structures will only increase the rate of run off from the site. There have in recent years been incidents where properties have experienced flash-flooding. There is an ongoing issue with the erosion of stream banks and bed effecting several properties. The flow continues onto Perkins Village and Rosamondford with the potential to cause further problems. The Parish Council feels that a proper Flood Damage Assessment (FDA)/Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) would be appropriate at this time and refer again to the Local Plan section 22, which includes the following sections:


22.35 Remedial work may be required some distance from the application site. In such cases the developer will be expected to enter into a planning obligation to ensure that the required work is carried out. Developers will be expected to cover the costs of assessing surface water drainage impacts and of any appropriate mitigation works, including long term management.


22.36 Using Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) to manage surface water has a number of benefits, such as improving water quality and the local environment. However, they also provide an important function in reducing the risk of flooding of homes and businesses, as well as adjacent or downstream properties, as a result of heavy rainfall. It is therefore a key consideration to look at the surface water flood mapping available and consider what drainage measures should be used. The Government’s expectation is that sustainable drainage systems will be provided in new developments wherever this is appropriate.


EN22 - Surface Run-Off Implications of New Development

Planning permission for new development will require that:

1. The surface water run-off implications of the proposal have been fully considered and found to be acceptable, including implications for coastal erosion.

2. Appropriate remedial measures are included as an integral part of the development, and there are clear arrangements in place for ongoing maintenance over the lifetime of the development.

3. Where remedial measures are required away from the application site, the developer is in a position to secure the implementation of such measures.

4. A Drainage Impact Assessment will be required for all new development with potentially significant surface run off implications.

5. Surface water in all major commercial developments or schemes for 10 homes or more (or any revised threshold set by Government) should be managed by sustainable drainage systems, unless demonstrated to be inappropriate.


 Parish Council would draw your attention to the following:

1. The area of the existing storage building’s roofing alone on this site already equates to that of at least ten homes.

2. 18/1187/AGR - Grant of Conditional Permission

Condition 4. Provision shall be made within the site for the disposal of surface water to ensure that there is no increase in the rate of surface water run-off from the site resulting from the development. (Reason: To protect water quality and minimise flood risk in accordance with Policy EN22-Surface Run-Off Implications of New Development of the New East Devon Local Plan 2016 and the guidance contained with the National Policy Framework.) ... Parish Council believes that this condition has yet to be met and would be fundamental to the proposed development.



The Self-Storage Industry is entirely unregulated and little or no control can be exercised over what goes into these containers. A large percentage are used by small businesses (i.e. Painters & Decorators, Industrial Cleaners, etc.), any number of combinations of Hazardous (Toxic, Flammable) materials can find their way into them. Any spillage from this location could ultimately find its way into the Exe Estuary via Clyst St Mary and Topsham.


Light Pollution is also of concern; such a facility would invariably require Security and Access Lighting and this would need to be 24 hour, disturbing not only nearby residents but also native nocturnal wildlife. This area is characteristically one of the darkest parts of the local countryside. There are Owls and Bats resident about the site and a Deer run goes through it.

This area provides habitat to a range of native wildlife. With its proximity to nearby protected sites, the possibility of significant species on or near the development cannot be ruled out.

All of these would be disturbed by activity commensurate with the operation of such a facility.


Noise, metal container doors and vehicular, may also be a consideration and would certainly affect wildlife around the site.



Development on this site began in 2015 with the erection of a Hay Barn (15/0279/AGR) followed soon after by an improvement to the access (15/1605/FUL). Aylesbeare Parish Council was at that time supportive of this ‘agricultural’ activity. Under Permitted development a further farm storage building (18/1187/AGR) was approved in 2018. This did not go unremarked and concerns were raised about the possibility of a change of use and "creeping industrialisation”. Whilst these concerns could not be taken into account at that time, it is now clear that they were not without substance. Parish Council is disappointed to now find an application for a material change of land use, from agricultural to commercial, which we believe is contrary to planning policies and of no benefit to the community.


Further to this, it comes to our attention that the original structure (15/0279/AGR) bears no resemblance to the approved "design and appearance", we can find no planning documentation relating to any variation. We are therefore in the process of raising an enforcement complaint in this regard and would ask that any current or future planning applications for this location be put on hold until the outcome of this matter is known.


If this application is to be decided by councillors. Please take this as Notice that we would like to speak at the meeting of the committee at which this application is expected to be decided. Please advise us of the date of the meeting as soon as possible.


Yours faithfully


Aylesbeare Parish Council

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If you are visiting us to find out about Aylesbeare - the Parish Plan 2005 is a good place to start.









This new service enables people to ring 105 to get information on Power Cuts in their area or to report welfare concerns in the face of power interruption. 

Learn Devon provides adult and community learning courses on behalf of                  Devon County Council, including information about Apprenticeships.

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EAST DEVON COUNCIL helps homeowners with scheme that

spreads the cost of a new boiler

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Devon and Cornwall Alert is a two-way community messaging system operated by Devon and Cornwall Police. It tells people what is happening in their area and allows them to respond directly with any information. The system is designed to allow people who register to choose the type of information they would like to receive concerning crime and anti-social behaviour, witness appeals, crime prevention, community events and local good news.

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