The Planning Portal provides lots of useful information, including an "interactive house", regarding whether you need planning permission, Conservation Area Consent or Listed Building Consent.

It is also advisable to contact the Planning Department at West Devon Borough Council.

St Peter's Church now has its own website.

North Tawton's Village Design Statement was prepared in 2003 and adopted by West Devon Borough Council in January 2004.  The Village Design Statement (VDS) was prepared by the local community to identify those factors that are important to them and to ensure that they are reflected in new developments.  West Devon have adopted the guidelines included in the North Tawton Village Design Statement as Supplementary Planning Guidance insofar as they are consonant with the policies of the Local Plan.

The Village Design Statement can be viewed (please note it is a large file and may take a few moments to download).

Ted Hughes Poet North Tawton

North Tawton is well-known with regard to the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes (1930-1998).  In December 2011 Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate unveiled a memorial dedicated to the memory of Hughes in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey,  in front of more than 300 guests.

A “Blue Plaque” in memory of Ted Hughes OM, was placed on the Town Council Offices in The Square in April 2011.


The Book of North Tawton was first published in 202 was reprinted in October 2011.

The Book was written and compiled by Alison Baker, David Hoare and Jean Shields.

It is a large A4 size, hardback, 160-pages and over 250 historic photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations. It is a fascinating book, well worth a read.

The Book of North Tawton is available from North Tawton Post Office.