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Officer Decisions

Strategic Business Services Manager - Matthew Jones

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

It is recommended that residual land (site of former Eastcombe Cottage), Tawstock, Near Barnstaple, EX31 3PB (approx. 0.33 acres) be declared surplus and disposed of.

Decision Taken:

To declare the site surplus and dispose.

Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

This site is no longer required by DCC’s Highways Service who have detailed that there are no strategic highways benefits for retaining the land.

The land was originally purchased in May 1975 and subsequently held for a road bypass scheme proposed in the 1980s which Highways have advised is no longer a live infrastructure project.

This disposal will forego an ongoing maintenance liability to DCC.

Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

To retain the land and maintain at DCC expense.

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:
Jayne Fox (DCC Corporate Estates Manager) Email: or call 01392 383000
Decision Date:
28 October 2020

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: