Dartmoor Preservation Association
Friends of Dartmoor
Today is the 43rd anniversary of the saving of the Swincombe valley from what would have been a disastrous reservoir scheme. Opposition to the scheme was led by the DPA and objectors included Devon County Council and the Duchy of Cornwall. The Bill to bring about the scheme was eventually defeated after a lengthy consideration in Westminster.
In the wake of the defeat of the scheme the DPA was subsequently able to acquire some land in the Swincombe valley which would have formed the head waters of the reservoir. The land was acquired through the generous bequest of Loveday Trahair.
The renovation of the Iron Store at Burrator is finally under way. The work is being undertaken as a key part of the Burrator Historic and Natural Environment Project and the hundred year old ‘Iron Store’, a former forestry building, is the only surviving example of an original building made of corrugated iron on Dartmoor. It will become a Discovery and Learning Centre and will contain an interpretation centre, indoor classroom/training room and site office. The whole project aims to consolidate historic remains around Burrator, improve access and increase community engagement and educational opportunities at Burrator.
South West Lakes Trust are having a mini open day of the Iron Store for interested visitors on Saturday 7th December, between 2pm-4pm. If you would like to see how the works are progressing please contact Emily Cannon (Heritage Learning Officer) in the tool yard, across from Burrator Lodge.
It is also not too late to get involved in researching and compiling information to be used in the interpretation centre and across the wider site. SWLT are currently looking for help with researching Lowery Barn, Longstone Manor and Leathertor Farm, construction of the dam, tin mining, and collecting recordings of personal memories for the oral history project.
If you would like more information or would like to get involved please contact Emily on
The following notice has appeared on the government's planning portal.
New pre-application consultation regime for wind farms
New measures, due to be laid before Parliament shortly, will require developers seeking planning permission for virtually all onshore wind developments to consult the local community before submitting a formal planning application.
Ministers have made it clear that this new requirement for pre-application consultation would cover all projects involving more than two turbines and any proposal for a turbine more than 15 metres high.
When a proposal meets the criteria, the developer will need to consult to ensure communities’ views about siting and other relevant planning issues can be heard first, the Government has confirmed. The measure will come into force before the end of the year.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “Ensuring communities have a greater say at an early stage allows developers to consider much earlier whether to pursue a proposal and what changes they should consider before putting forward formal plans.
“Our changes allow people’s views and other impacts to be taken into consideration much earlier.”
Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: “These measures build on existing industry best practice that already takes place for most commercial scale applications, where early engagement is required, and complement the need for good local plan making.”
Apolgies to anyone who has been trying to contact us today, 28th October. We arrived in the office to find water pouring through the ceiling, shortly before a large chunk of it relocated to the floor.
Unsuprisingly we have had to move offices within The Old Duchy Hotel, and have therefore been out of phone and internet connection for most of the day.
We are now back on both phone and internet and the office is up and running. Our postal address remains as before.
A huge thank you to our Trustee Derek Collins, who had popped in for a few minutes and stayed for most of the day moving computer equipment and furniture. Also a massive thank you to all the DNPA staff who found us a spare room, put up desks, moved equipment, set up the computers and patched through our phone line.