Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride brought the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove to Chagford (17/08/18) to visit the new Stannary Gardens development, which includes much-needed affordable housing. The pair were joined by Parish Council Chair Gay Hill and Dartmoor National Park Chief Executive Kevin Bishop.

    Mr Stride said:

    “This is the largest ever new development in Dartmoor National Park and a significant addition to the town. What makes it particularly special is the way in which this scheme has been developed with significant local community support right from the start. The design was generated out of local discussions rather than the plan being decided in advance and then consulted upon. This ‘bottom up’ approach is powerful – we badly need affordable development within our villages and smaller communities where sensitivities are often at their greatest. I am grateful to the Secretary of State for spending time with us locally – he is keen to ensure that we get Brexit right for our rural communities and I will continue to work with him in our interests.”

    Prior to visiting the development Mr Stride took Mr Gove to the 117th Chagford Show to discuss a range of farming issues, including the future of the industry post-Brexit. They visited various stalls including The Young Farmers, Chagfood, Okeford Vets and AirBand, where Mr Stride highlighted the need for continued Government investment in the rollout of superfast broadband in rural communities.

    Photo: L-R- Dartmoor National Park Chief Exec Kevin Bishop, Mel Stride MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove MP and Chagford Parish Council Chair Gay Hill visiting the Stannary Gardens development.