Community Development

The Community Development Team provide a diverse range of support to local communities, financially and through the provision of information, advice and guidance.

The Community Development Service sits within the Commercial and Leisure Services Department of the Council and is headed by Sean Kearney as Commercial and Leisure Services Manager. The work of the Service includes: supporting local community partnerships, working with the voluntary sector and the provision of community grants, and assisting with the delivery of local community projects, and working in partnership with a number of agencies to deliver services across the District.


  • The Council for Voluntary and Community Groups in the Torridge District (TTVS)

    TTVS is the Council for Voluntary Service for the Torridge District, incorporating the Torridge Volunteer Centre.

  • Country LaneParish Plans

    Parish Plans

    A Parish Plan is a document which sets out a vision of how a community wants to develop, and identifies the action needed to achieve this vision.

  • Advice and Mediation Services

    There are local services available outside the Council to give advice and help resolve issues. It is usually a good idea to try using these mediators to resolve issues before making it "Official" and lodging a complaint with the Council.

  • Community Transfer of Assets

    The Local Government White Paper "Strong and Prosperous Communities" (Oct 2006) signalled opportunities for communities to manage and own local public buildings.

  • St.MarysCommunity Grant Scheme

    Community Grant Scheme

    The New Homes Bonus scheme is a grant funding scheme for local projects looking for support between £1000 and £5,000. Applications are welcomed for capital spending , but core organisational costs such as salaries, rent or utilities will not be eligible. A project must be run by a Local Parish or Town council, voluntary organisation, community group, social enterprise -but not individuals or businesses. Due to enter its fourth year on April 1 2019 the scheme has provided nearly £1.2 Million to just under 140 different projects ranging for sports clubhouses, to outdoor cinema screens to the provision of a primary school teddy bear garden! All of the information you require to undertake an application can be found on these pages.

  • Section 106 Grant Funding

    Under S106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended, contributions can be sought from developers towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure, the need for which has arisen as a result of a new development taking place. This funding is commonly known as 'Section 106'.