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Mabrake – Protecting the environment in the Milton Abbot, BRadstone And KElly area of West Devon.

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Concern over unsuitable barn conversions.

Class ‘Q’ Permitted Development

In 2014 an amendment was quietly made to rural planning rules by the Government to allow old unused barns on farms to be converted to dwellings.

Whilst historically there has always been a steady trickle of conversions of old stone and slate barns and outbuildings made redundant by modern steel and corrugated barns, this new Amendment allows fast track planning permission to convert even ‘modern’ style steel barns “provided it can be demonstrated they were redundant and unused by March 2013”. Each barn may contain up to 3 dwellings.

There is a typical conversion under way near to the entrance to Lydford Forest. WDBC Planning 0129/17/PDM. Have a look, draw your own conclusions.

Applications in West Devon have been running at several per month since 2014, or some 50 per year. Thus, potentially some 600 new dwellings in West Devon alone. This is in addition to the additional housing being placed in every village under the new County Development Plan.

Admittedly not all applications are being granted. There are some stringent Building Control hoops to jump through. However, MABRAKE is concerned that this somewhat random housing development, by its very nature, will cause additional strain to the local infrastructure.

Fortunately, Class ‘Q’ is not permitted in ANOB areas. However, Class PA, (B1C, to C3), another quiet change, does allow conversion of redundant ‘workshops’ and ‘Light Industrial Units’ within AONB’s and National Parks – an additional concern for the same reasons.

Neither process considers the strain on hospitals, surgeries, schools, lanes, roads, water, drainage etc. etc., unlike more regular estate developments in say, Lamerton, or Milton Abbot which must consider these elements.

These changes to the Planning Laws have been quietly slipped in, and we cannot do much except be vigilant, and ensure that conversions are sensitive to all these considerations.

Please let us know if you have spotted such a development, and why you feel it may be inappropriate, or acceptable. Is this a problem in our rural area? What do you think?

Chris Burchell.



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Greystone Quarry – Road Closure

There is an application to extend Greystone Quarry into the Tamar Valley AONB (see previous post in 2016). This application has now been approved by the Cornwall Planning Authority.

The proposed extension will involve the closure of the back road from Greystone Bridge to the Callington/Launceston road. This road closure proposal is a matter of concern to a number of residents on both sides of the Tamar.

The closure of the road has to be approved by the Secretary of State and the application to agree its consent is now with the relevant ministry. if you want to object to the road closure then you need to contact:

Nationalcasework@dft.gsi.gov.uk   quoting     NATTRAN/SW/S247/3043


Objections to the lane closure should be received by the above by midnight 30 November.

Copies of the draft plan and relevant plan are available for inspection at Launceston Town Hall until 30 November.

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New Mabrake email address

Please note if you wish to contact us we now have a new email address which is





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Current Campaigns

We are not all about stopping the installation of large turbines in unsuitable places that harm the environment. Our wider objective has always been Protecting the Environment from Inappropriate Development. A change in government policy has largely reduced the number of applications for large on-shore Wind Turbines – although this policy could change once more so we will continue to be vigilant! 

We have a number of current campaigns including:

  • Proposing an extension to the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Concerns about the proposal to extend Greystone Quarry.
  • Monitoring the new Class Q Planning laws and their impact.

We will update you on these campaigns over the next few days.

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We are Back!

Apologies for the lack of posts in recent times. We have been adjusting to the loss of David Gynn who has moved out of the area. David was our treasurer/secretary/webmaster and he is sorely missed.

But now we are up and running again on the website. We have been continuing our campaigns to ‘Protect the Environment of West Devon’ and we will update you over the next few days with more posts.


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Planning application to extend Greystone Quarry

We would like to make all Mabrake members aware of a planning application to extend Greystone Quarry.
This development would mean the extension of the Quarry into the Tamar Valley AONB.
It would also result in the loss of the back road that connects Greystone Bridge with the Callington road.
If members wish to comment on this application then it is on the Cornwall County Planning site and the application number wis PA16/10746. The link is


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“There is no escaping the torture from infrasound emissions from industrial wind turbines.” | Friends against wind

“I would like to ask one question of the WHO: Under what circumstances would the WHO condone torture?”

Source: “There is no escaping the torture from infrasound emissions from industrial wind turbines.” | Friends against wind

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