Proposed Development at Whiddon Down

There is a new proposed development on land next to the roundabout at Whiddon Down.

In a recent presentation to Drewsteignton Parish Council, James Gibbs from estate agents Jackson Stops, who specialises in Land and New Homes and who are acting for Thompsons Transport of Moretonhampstead, said that at the moment this was just a proposal and a full planning procedure will have to be gone through. The parish councillors have asked the parish council clerk to the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) to look at the proposal.

The Moorlander understands that the proposed development will consist of 20 new homes, a number of small industrial units, a possible helicopter landing site and area of parking where Thompsons Transport could leave their large trailers.

The proposed development between the A382 and the old A30 Exeter Road is approximately 2.8 acres and would back on to houses on Chapel Hill and Barn Close at Whiddon Down.

Thompsons Transport’s main base is at the site of the old railway station in Station Road, Moretonhampstead; this means Thompsons articulated lorries and tankers have to travel either way on the narrow, often single track A382 road to get to the A30 in the north or the A38 in the south, which has led to hold ups on this road if two or more large vehicles meet.

The Moorlander contacted both Thompsons Transport and Jackson Stops for a comment about the proposal but received no reply from either party.

Stuart Clarke

Author: Stuart Clarke

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