Say NO to Route 39


NO to Route 39

Route 39 have had their planning application for Steart Farm as the permanent site for their 700 pupil secondary school
REJECTED by 8 votes to 1.

 THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to everyone who has written in.

The Fight Goes On

The next phase commences.

The appeal is now in and the deadline for further comments is 7th January 2015.
The Secretary of State has directed that he shall determine the appeal instead of an Inspector. This means that instead of writing a decision, the Inspector will prepare a report and
recommendation, which will be forwarded to the Secretary of State.

The reason for this direction is that Route 39'
s appeal involves "proposals for development of major importance having more than local significance."

For more information go to the TDC planning portal - the references are: 1/0127/2014/LBC and 1/0126/2014/FULM or just search Steart Farm.

If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so on the Planning Portal at

or by emailing
If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies to:

The Planning Inspectorate,
Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

Parents Let Down

by Trustees

Following the 8-1 rejection of their planning application for Steart Farm, Route 39 are now going to appeal.

The appeal process could take several months, and with Gove gone and a general election due next May, it is by no means certain approval will be forthcoming. So a permanent school is still years away.

This means children currently in Years 9 and 10, and those coming up in Years 7 and 8, will be studying for their GCSEs in temporary, cramped accommodation.

Compare what is being offered by Bideford College, with their extensive, university standard facilities, and the excellent exam results of Holsworthy Community College, and one wonders why ANY parent should chose to disadvantage their child by opting for experimental Route 39.

The trustees have mishandled the whole planning procedure from beginning to end, badly letting down the parents who were led to believe the school would offer their child an outstanding, state-of-the-art education.

By refusing to consider a plan B, and by alienating the local community, Parish Councils and Consultees, the Trustees have shown a blinkered arrogance that beggars belief.

The exceptionally high attrition rate is evidence of the disillusionment and dissatisfaction felt amongst Route 39 parents. Trying the school for a few weeks (or, in some cases, only a few days) many of them have removed their child and returned to the established local schools.

So far the Trustees have put a spin on every failure, but how long can this farce go on before even the most faithful turn their backs on them?

 Do not let Route 39 destroy
our precious AONB