Belstone - Dartmoor National Park

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Belstone - Dartmoor National Park
Part 3
3.10 Belstone
3.10.1
Belstone lies on the extreme northern
edge of the high moor, overlooking
the valley of the River Taw. In the past,
its local economy revolved around
farming, tin working and stone cutting.
In the present day, tourism and farming
are well represented.
Conserving the quality of the
built environment
3.10.2
Belstone is one of the very few
settlements on Dartmoor with
demonstrable pre-Norman medieval
occupation. It is also recorded in the
Domesday Book (1086) as a mediumsized manor.
3.10.3
In its plan form, Belstone is essentially a
hamlet, or possibly two hamlets divided
by the village green. At the south-west
end lies the parish church with a cluster
of buildings; to the north-east is
another small hamlet with some
farmhouses of late medieval date.
A flurry of building activity in the late
Victorian/early Edwardian period led to
a variety of large and smaller buildings
being constructed.
3.10.4
One of the remarkable features of
Belstone is how little it has changed
in the last 80 or so years. The village
green areas are important elements in
the village, as are its granite walls and
trees. The need to maintain the historic
character and integrity of the village
should be considered carefully where
infilling or the conversion of the
remaining non-domestic buildings
is proposed.
3.10.5
There are no specific policies or
proposals for this settlement.
The policies in the Core Strategy
and the general policies of this
document will be sufficient for
development management purposes.
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