Bishopsteignton is a large village, on the banks of the Teign Estuary. It is located 2 miles from Teignmouth and 4 miles from Newton Abbot. The village lies on the slopes of Haldon and Faldon hills, which offer it some protection from northerly and easterly winds. Bishopsteignton offers all the facilities that would be expected of a village of its size. These include a village shop, post office, chemist, garage, garden centre, vineyard, pubs, hotel and restaurant. The village has 3 churches (Church of England, Methodist and Gospel) and public halls which regularly host clubs and public events.
The parish of Bishopsteignton extends as far as Broadmeadow (the boundary with Teignmouth), along the estuary to Wear Farm, and up onto the top of Haldon Hill. The 2011 Census put the local parish population at just under 2570 people. The village has grown significantly over the past 100 years or so, as shown by the census of 1931, which put the population of the parish at 1175.
This population growth can be understood when you walk around the village. The original parts of the village are occupied primarily by 18th and 19th century buildings, but there has been significant development since the early 1930s to the present day. Many of the newer properties in the village have been built to maximise their panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and river scape.
Bishopsteignton's historic character is recognised, in that there are conservation areas within the village boundary. Back in 2000, Teignbridge District Council produced a Conservation Area Character Appraisal for Bishopsteignton. This gives background information about the origin of some of the buildings, the architecture visible in the village. This document can be downloaded from Teignbridge District Council Conservation Area Character Appraisal for Bishopsteignton. A further dossier detailing the types of stone used to construct various buildings in the village, entitled 'The Building Stones of Bishopsteignton Parish' has also been written by Mr M Barr, who is studying the building stones of Devon and Somerset. Please note that these are PDF documents and you will need to have appropriate software installed on your computer to open it. Such software can be downloaded, free of charge from Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader. (These links will open in a new window.)
Bishopsteignton Parish Neighbourhood Plan
In December 2011 the Parish Council established a small team charged with developing a Neigbourhood Plan for the next twenty years as defined by the Localism Act 2012. Once developed and approved this plan will have real legal weight and will guide the planning decisions in respect of developments within the Parish. It will update and replace the earlier Parish Plan (2005) (pdf file) and the Bishopsteignton Village Design Statement.
You can find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan on the Parish Plan pages.