The following application which affects Topsham was listed by Exeter City Planning Department on 30 April 2015. Letters of objection, comment or support must be made in writing (or by email to within 21 days of that date.

Seabrook Orchards (Formerly land north of Topsham Town AFC ground), Topsham Road, Topsham.  Reserved Matters Application (pursuant to the Outline Planning Permission granted on 15 October 2013, ref 11/1291/01) for the approval of the Layout, Scale, Appearance of Buildings, Means of access to buildings and Landscaping for Phase 1 of the Seabrook Orchards Development – Consisting of 200 Dwellings (including 40 Affordable Dwellings), Strategic Landscaping (including open spaces, footpaths, cycle ways, local equipped area for play , pavilion/changing facilities, two football pitches, multiuse games area, allotments and orchards) and Associated Infrastructure (including noise bund to south, flood attenuation ponds and realignment of Seabrook) 15/0433/02

26. April 2015 · Comments Off on Summer Outing 2015 · Categories: Uncategorised

The Summer Outing will be on Thursday 11 June. We will visit Morwellham Quay, near Tavistock. This award-winning attraction forms part of a World Heritage site, featuring historic port, village, copper mine and railway. The visit includes the opportunity to hear some or all of the Museum’s Living History Talks and to ride on the Copper Mine Railway. The talks programme includes:

  • The Village School – Take part in an authentic 19th Century school lesson and learn about education at the time.
  • Rope making – Watch and learn about how to make rope, lend a hand if you like!
  • Child labour – Find out what the role of women and children was at this busy port.
  • Ruth’s Cottage – Learn about domestic life in the Victorian era and about the Medlen family who lived here and were the most influential family on site.
  • Garlandstone – All aboard the Garlandstone! Learn about this ship, one of the last wooden merchant sailing ketches to have been built, completed only just down the road in Calstock. Get a flavour of life at sea, and the importance of this form of transport.

Cost per person is £22 inclusive of train ride and all talks; the café lunch is payable on the day or you can take a picnic. Download the booking form, which gives details of timings and travel arrangements, or contact Derek Smithers at 7 Grove Hill, EX3 0EG

For more information about Morwellham see the Museum’s website.


Image © Morwellham Quay


The following applications which affect Topsham were listed by Exeter City Planning Department on 23 April 2015. Letters of objection, comment or support must be made in writing (or by email to within 21 days of that date.

16 High Street, Topsham. Proposed demolition of existing rear extensions and erection of proposed single storey rear extension. 15/0358/03 (within the Conservation Area)

15 Elm Grove Road, Topsham. Demolition of the existing garage and out buildings/additions to create large kitchen dining living room. 15/0374/03

23. April 2015 · Comments Off on Topsham: An Account Of Its Streets and Buildings – Reprinted · Categories: News

The Society’s publication Topsham: An Account Of Its Streets and Buildings has been reprinted with corrections. The book is on sale at Topsham Museum. It can also be obtained from the Secretary who can be contacted through our Contact Us page.

17. April 2015 · Comments Off on Land adjacent to the Rugby Club · Categories: Planning

There are two separate planning applications for the same development. Application 14/2083/03 is now at appeal on grounds of non determination: that is, the Planning Committee declined to make a decision because of the ongoing legal process relating to the Home Farm, Pinhoe, application. Application 15/0222/01 is currently being considered. The Society has repeated its original objection and has added the following.

I write on behalf of the Topsham Society and wish to record the Society’s objection to the above application.

The application is effectively a duplicate of the previous application 14/2083/03 (now at appeal on grounds of non determination) to which our objection 15.10.14 (below) was submitted.

The Society reiterates the points of objection made at that time and would add:

  • We note that since our original objection, ECC has lost the Home Farm, Pinhoe appeal and that the applicant’s principal policy argument relies upon the assessed shortfall in ECC’s 5 year housing allocation to overcome the landscape setting protection of this site. This appeal is being challenged by ECC and the Society strongly believes that given the basis of the policy argument, it would be premature for this application to be determined until ECC’s legal challenge to the Home Farm appeal is determined.
  • Given the fundamental importance of this site to the preservation of the “Topsham Gap”  that even if ECC is found not to have a sound 5 year allocation, there will be other sites of less critical significance where any shortfall can be accommodated and that therefore development within the Topsham Gap should be resisted.
  • That on a technical matter, a significant part of this application is for a Care Home Facility, which is an institutional not a residential use and that therefore the applicants reliance upon the principal policy argument/5 year housing allocation to support its proposal is flawed.

Please confirm receipt of this objection.

Yours Sincerely

David Burley
Topsham Society Planning Group

12. April 2015 · Comments Off on Topsham Museum Exhibition · Categories: News

2015 is the Society’s 50th anniversary year, and in celebration of that event the Topsham Museum has an exhibition about the Society’s history and activities. The exhibition is in the Local History Room and will be open between 1 April and 30 June.