West Devon

West Devon is a local government district and borough in Devon, England. Towns in the district include Chagford, Okehampton, Princetown, and Tavistock, where the council is based.

West Devon

Borough of West Devon
West Devon shown within Devon
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Non-metropolitan countyDevon
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQTavistock
Incorporated1 April 1974
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  BodyWest Devon Borough Council
  LeadershipAlternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
  MPsGeoffrey Cox
Gary Streeter
  Total448.3 sq mi (1,161.1 km2)
Area rank24th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
  Rank310th (of 317)
  Density120/sq mi (48/km2)
99.1% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code18UL (ONS)
E07000047 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSX5150683684

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the previous municipal borough of Okehampton, Okehampton Rural District, and Tavistock Rural District. West Devon contains most of Dartmoor.


Elections to the borough council are held every four years with 31 councillors representing 22 wards. Since 2011, the Conservative Party has controlled the council and since 2015 have been the only registered party with seats on the council.

Date Conservative +/- Independent +/- Liberal Democrats +/- Control
2007 14 10 7 No overall control
2011 19 +5 9 -1 3 -4 Conservative
2015[1] 21 +2 10 +1 0 -3 Conservative

In 2013, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England initiated a review of West Devon with the aim of delivering electoral equality amongst voters at local elections, with each councillor representing a similar number of voters and with ward boundaries reflecting the interests and identities of local communities.[2] After a consultation period, the commission recommended that West Devon should continue to be represented by 31 councillors and that certain changes should be made to the wards; they proposed moving from a two-member Dartmoor ward to two single-member wards called Dartmoor and Mary Tavy; and from a two-member Tamarside ward to two single-member wards, Tamarside and Milton Ford.[3]

In the EU referendum of 2016, the majority of voters in West Devon voted to leave the European Union (18,937 to 16,658, that is 53.2% to 46.8%). The turnout was 81.25%.[4]


Services provided by West Devon Borough Council to the local community include the administration of council tax and local benefits, the provision of car parking services, the collection of refuse and the recycling of waste, planning and building control, housing services, the provision of sport and leisure facilities, environmental services, business-related services and contingency planning.[5]

See also


  1. "Local Election Results". West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. "West Devon". Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  3. "Local electoral arrangements finalised for West Devon Borough Council". Local Government Boundary Commission for England. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  4. "EU Referendum Results 2016". West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  5. "West Devon Borough Council". West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 14 August 2016.

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