NEW PLANNING APPLICATION for Brewery Meadow (Tuckers Store).
No real issues for the railway as the original planning application for Brewery Meadow has been changed. If you wish to view or comment on the application it is number 0035/18 on the DNPA planning page www.dartmoor.gov.uk/living-and-working/planning/planning-applications .The 4 houses which were objected to by 40/50 with the previous application (2 years ago) have been taken out of the site. Therefore the former track will not be blocked by this plan. Please note that objections which mention the railway as the only reason for the objection as happened recently with the former caravan sales, Outdoor Experience, are not helpful to those organisations and bodies trying to re-instate the railway in the long term but do feel free to mention its proximity.
To: Dartmoor National Park Authority
Save Ashburton Railway Station
Include the Railway Station Building as a protected Building (and re-list as a listed building) as part of the Chuley Road Master Plan.
For details see http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/planning/pl-forwardplanning/masterplans-and-development-briefs/ashburton-masterplan
Why is this important?
This is a unique terminus building with a roof attributed to I K Brunel. It was built before 1872 when the line from Totnes to Ashburton was opened. It was taken over by the Dart Valley Railway in 1965 but because the A38 Dual carriageway was about to be build on the track bed between Ashburton and Buckfastleigh this was not part of the Light Railway order of April 1969. It then became a garage (Station Garage) which is likely to be closed in the future and the building and the area around it developed. It is not a listed building but is of historical importance. It needs protection from demolition.
See http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/a/ashburton/ for information
If you wish to write to Dartmoor National Park Authority please still do so.
How it will be delivered
The original petition was delivered in person on Thursday 11th December 2014 - the day before the last day to receive comments on the Master Plan. The Master Plan has now gone back for further Consultation and I intend to re-submit the petition with the extra 800 plus signatures (to date) added.