Bigbury Bay Golf Club Ltd Registered No. 6929632 Vat No. 236 1893 93
As you may know, I was asked by our Chairman to continue to maintain the relationship with our landlord since the Bantham Estate was purchased by Nicholas Johnston. Stephen and I have been steadily working toward replacing the highly restrictive lease that would otherwise remain in place until 2030 and includes some very challenging financial obligations.
We are delighted to advise you that Nicholas Johnston has agreed to the basic principles of a joint long term strategy that will help secure the future of our Club. I have explained some key elements below and ask you to please share these as widely as possible to ensure all members and especially potential members understand this positive development.
1) Nicholas Johnston continues to express his great appreciation that our Golf Club is an important part of his Estate. He has again confirmed that he has no desire to use the course for any other reasons. He specifically has no intention to use the course to extend the pheasant shoot, or for building purposes or any activity that would interfere with golf in any way. His ambition is for the Club to remain a prosperous Member owned and run asset, as we are now.
2) We are actively working with the Estate on the details of our joint strategy which includes an entirely new long term lease. We have a shared intention to complete this work over the next few months.
3) We have the Estates assurance that providing the strategy is successfully delivered, all outstanding deferred rent payments will be cancelled.
4) As an interim gesture of his commitment to the Club, Nicholas has also agreed to an additional reduction in our rent payments. This is a generous offer and underpins his support for the Club and the local community, and his ambition for Bigbury Golf Club to remain a vibrant business.
5) The Estate have agreed that a permanent Air Ambulance Landing Site will be created between the carpark and practice bunker. This again demonstrates the Estates view of our Club as an important community asset that they wish to support.
The financial generosity offered to the Club as part of the strategy will need to be balanced by the successful development of a limited and contained residential scheme on the Estate, but outside the Golf Course boundary. The Estate will be progressing this scheme over the next 12 months.
We will be releasing a press announcement jointly with the Estate, building on these key points.
In recent months many of us have been greatly troubled to hear of all sorts of ridiculous rumours circulating about the relationship between our landlord and the Club, none of which have been constructive. We hope that this very clear and positive statement will squash these rumours and demonstrate to all those interested that we continue to build a solid future. Please do your best to immediately correct any negative and unfounded discussion which can only damage our Club.
Richard Adcock and Stephen Price
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Below, you will find links to the final draft of Thurlestone’s Neighbourhood Plan, which is now going out for consultation, an overview of the entire process, and a summary of the plan for ease of reference. These documents were kindly supplied by Sue Crowther, Chair of the NP Group in Thurlestone. Many of the issues are common to Bigbury and these documents may provide some helpful pointers.
The results of the community survey about which of the six potential sites in StAnn’s Chapel would be the most favoured for a new housing development will be presented to the Parish Council on 12th July 2017. Click here to see the results, an outline of the next steps, and the separate map showing the locations :-
Click on the link to see the results of Bigbury’s Housing Needs Survey. This survey is an important component of the Neighbourhood Plan for Bigbury’s future.
Bigbury Parish Housing Needs Report – PDF
Hearing held on 14 June 2016
Site visit made on 14 June 2016
by R C Kirby BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI
an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
13 October 2016
Appeal Ref: APP/K1128/W/16/3142708
Land at St Ann’s Chapel, Bigbury, Devon
The appeal is made under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
against a refusal to grant outline planning permission.
The appeal is made by C and S Rodger, R and E Ogilvie
– Smals, C and L Hall and J Davies against the decision of South Hams District Council.
The application Ref 05/0570/15/O, dated 20 February 2015, was refused by notice dated 11 November 2015.
The development proposed is residential development of circa 8 dwellings along with point of access, open space and associated infrastructure.
The appeal is
As part of the usual Parish Council meeting on 12th March 2014, there will be a presentation about a possible future housing development at StAnn’s Chapel by the scheme’s originator. This presentation will be an important part of the required community consultation about what is, at the moment, a pre-application enquiry for planning permission.
A preliminary outline sketch showing the locatiion and the sort of scheme envisaged is available here – Cundy Estate SK131101 140109 Sketch Layout Draft
This will be your first public opportunity to comment on the proposal.
NOTE: At the February Parish Council meeting, councillors expressed their opposition to the scheme on a variety of grounds despite the inclusion of several allotments and some additional affordable housing.