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Officer Decisions

Strategic Business Services Manager - Matthew Jones

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

It is recommended that DCC lease the land between Barnstaple Rugby Football Club and the Western bypass to Barnstaple Rugby Football Club for a period of 25 years, with the provision for break clauses at 10, 15 and 20 years.

Decision Taken:

To offer the Barnstaple Rugby Football Club Ltd a new 25-year lease.

Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

The field is currently being leased by the club on a 5-year lease (expiring 31 August 2021) and the club has expressed an interest in a longer lease.  The DCC land is allocated in the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan for a Park and Change Site. However, the Highways Department do not consider the site to be appropriate or required for such use.

Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

1) To retain the land and maintain at DCC expense. 2) To develop the land for a Park and Change.

Details of any conflict of interest and dispensation granted to the Officer taking the decision or by any Member of the Council in delegating responsibility for any specific express delegation:


Contact for enquiries/further information:
Sarah Bowker (DCC Corporate Estates Manager) Email – Tel - 01392 380959
Decision Date:
20 May 2021

A copy of this decision and any supporting documentation considered by the Officer taking this decision may also be made available or inspection by the public at the Council’s Offices or posted upon payment of any copying and postage charges. Any member of the public wishing to take up either of these options is asked to please ring 01392 382888 or email: