The Parish of Okehampton Hamlets is a rural parish situated in beautiful countryside in West Devon. It is made up of the hamlets of Brightley, Southcott, Meldon and Stockley. The parish occupies 15.48 square miles and has a population of over 500.
The hamlet of Southcott is predominantly agricultural with a number of small agricultural enterprises having merged into one larger agricultural unit to secure a sound base for an industry which has experienced significant problems in recent years.
The hamlet of Brightley lies to the north of Okehampton. The River Okement runs through the hamlet dividing Abbeyford Woods from flat farmland. Farming and forestry are the main commercial activity along with Brookite. The leat which once powered Brightley Mill (now a kite factory) can still be seen and just inside the hamlet at Brightley Farm stands a wall, dating back to the 12th Century, on the site of an ancient Abbey, hence the name Abbeyford Woods.
The hamlet of Meldon is rich in industrial archaeological remains. There are stunning views from Meldon Dam across the ravine towards Meldon Viaduct which is now part of the National Cycle Route and a network of paths around Meldon Quarries, now a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest, and through the ancient woodlands at Meldon Woods which, in May, are carpeted with bluebells.
Meldon Woods belongs to Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council and the Council is working with the Dartmoor National Park Authority to reintroduce traditional coppicing techniques to increase biodiversity and as a result the woodland now supports a variety of wildlife including roe deer, foxes, wrens and tree creepers.
Click here to download the Parish Map as a pdf.
Next Council Meeting
The next meeting is a Planning Committee Meeting to be held on Tuesday 6th August 2019. 4pm at Okehampton Business Centre, Stockley, Okehampton.
The date of the next full meeting of the Council is Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 7.30 pm at Okehampton Town Hall. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend all meetings.
Neighbourhood Planning - The Hamlets Parish Council and Okehampton Town Council are working with members of the Community to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Okehampton and The Hamlets. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone to be involved in shaping the future of the area. If you are interested please contact either Okehampton Town Clerk 01837 53179 or Jane Gillard Okehampton Hamlets Parish Clerk 01837 55728.
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