Declaration of Result of Poll – Referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan for Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow neighbourhood area

Do you want South Hams District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area:

Number cast in favour of a Yes     725  votes recorded     89.29%

Number cast in favour of a No        87  votes recorded     10.71%

Number of ballot papers rejected     5  

Electorate: 5276  Ballot papers issued: 817  Turnout: 15.49%

More than half of those voting HAVE voted in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Click here to download the ‘Declaration of Results’ (PDF).



REFERENDUM – 24 NOVEMBER 2022 Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood planning was introduced under the Localism Act 2011 to give local communities more control in the planning of their neighbourhoods. It introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development in their local area. It enables communities to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and deliver the sustainable development they need.

Since 2018 a steering group comprising of local people, Kingsbridge Town Council and West Alvington and Churchstow Parish Councils have been working to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for our communities.

After more than four years of work, the Neighbourhood plan has been completed and independently examined and is now ready for the community to view and then vote on 24th November 2022.

The question for the Referendum is:

‘Do you want South Hams District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan to help decide Planning Applications in the neighbourhood area?’

A vote of YES will indicate that you wish the Kingsbridge, West Alvington and Churchstow community to be more proactive in deciding planning applications based on the policies contained within the Neighbourhood Plan.

A vote of NO will indicate that you want no change in how the planning applications are decided with only limited reference to the Kingsbridge, West Alvington and Churchstow communities.

It is, therefore, very important that as many eligible voters as possible take up the opportunity to vote in this Referendum as this will show the level of community Commitment to the future development of Kingsbridge, West Alvington and Churchstow.

The plan is available to view on or

Printed copies of the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed at Kingsbridge Town Council Offices in Quay House, Kingsbridge Library, Kingsbridge Information Centre.  Residents of West Alvington and Churchstow should contact their relevant Parish Clerk who will have copies for viewing.

Kingsbridge Wins Top RHS Awards

This year the South Devon town of Kingsbridge has won top accolades at both the RHS national and regional level in the Britain in Bloom competitions.

At the national awards held at the Headquarters of the RHS, Lindley Hall, Westminster they received a gold medal, best national horticultural achievement award as well as the chairman, Graham Price being recognised with a prestigious  RHS Community Champion Award. The group have also received  a gold medal, SWTA  Trophy and group winner in the small town category at the recently held regional awards held in Crewkerne, Somerset.

Graham Price chairman : “The RHS Britain in Bloom is the largest horticultural competition  in Europe and brings together communities who work to improve their environment and to recognise the importance that horticulture can bring to improve  health and wellbeing. Kingsbridge has been completely transformed over the past few years with wonderful floral displays and outstanding sustainable planting which has helped keep our town attractive and vibrant throughout the year. Our shopkeepers, local businesses and town Council recognise the importance of our work which is very much appreciated and gives our dedicated group the incentive to maintain our high standard for everyone to enjoy.”

HM Queen Elizabeth II – Kingsbridge Community Civic Service of Commemoration, Bouquets and Book of Condolence

A special civic community service will take place to commemorate the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 17th September at St Edmunds Church, Fore Street, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1PP.

The Town Mayor, Councillor Philip Cole, Civic Leaders, representatives from the Royal British Legion and other organisations will be present.

All are welcome to attend this community time of coming together in a service of remembrance and thanksgiving to express our grief and also thankfulness.  The service will also incorporate the proclamation for the accession of His Majesty King Charles III.

Floral tributes and bouquets may be left at the Bandstand and a Book of Condolence is available for your written messages at the Council Offices, Quay House between 9.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.


Kingsbridge Town Council is delighted to announce the return of “Love Your Park” a family fun day at the Recreation Ground on Sunday 21st August, 11am – 4pm.

Love Your Park is a celebration of everything our Recreation Ground has to offer and a community event with something for everyone.
This will be an excellent day out with lots and lots of free entertainment and fun for all ages. Activities on offer will include Punch & Judy, flea circus, bouncy castles (small charge), animal petting, cage football, community tennis sessions, Uncle Tacko & Ginger, karate demonstrations, flowerpot painting, crafting tent, yoga, French boules, forest bathing, table tennis, a bucking bronco, go-green activities, children’s story telling, lawn games and more. There will also be stalls, PA music on the lawn and Baked Goodies café will offer a range of refreshments, as well as hot food from 12 noon. For more information, pick up a flyer at Kingsbridge Information centre – everyone is welcome to come and enjoy our fabulous park!

Love Your Park Flyer 2022


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