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Teignbridge District
Teignbridge shown within Devon
Teignbridge shown within Devon
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Non-metropolitan countyDevon
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQNewton Abbot
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyTeignbridge District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrats)
 • MPsAnne Marie Morris
Mel Stride
 • Total246.3 sq mi (637.9 km2)
 • Rank49th (of 296)
 • Total135,216
 • Rank171st (of 296)
 • Density550/sq mi (210/km2)
 • Ethnicity
96.2% White British
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code18UH (ONS)
E07000045 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSX8475477137
Teignbridge District Council
Chris Clarance,
since 23 May 2023
Martin Wrigley,
Liberal Democrats
since 23 May 2023
Phil Shears
since January 2018[1]
Political groups
Administration (26)
  Liberal Democrats (26)

Opposition (21)

  South Devon Alliance (10)
  Conservatives (9)
  Independent (2)
Last election
4 May 2023
Last election
6 May 2027
Meeting place
Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX

Teignbridge is a local government district in Devon, England. Its council is based in the town of Newton Abbot. The district also includes the towns of Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Dawlish, Kingsteignton and Teignmouth, along with numerous villages and surrounding rural areas. Teignbridge contains part of the south Devon coastline, including the Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve. Some of the inland western parts of the district lie within the Dartmoor National Park. It is named after the old Teignbridge hundred.

The neighbouring districts are Torbay, South Hams, West Devon, Mid Devon, East Devon and Exeter.


The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, covering the whole area of six former districts and part of a seventh, which were all abolished at the same time:[2]

The new district was named Teignbridge after the medieval hundred of that name which had covered some of the area.[3] The hundred in turn had been named after the bridge over the River Teign on Exeter Road west of Kingsteignton, where there had been a number of bridges since Roman times.[4][5]


Teignbridge District Council provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Devon County Council.[6] The whole district is also covered by civil parishes, which form a third tier of local government.[7]

In the parts of the district within the Dartmoor National Park, town planning is the responsibility of the Dartmoor National Park Authority. The district council appoints two of its councillors to serve on the 19-person National Park Authority.[8]

Political control[edit]

The council has been under Liberal Democrat majority control since the 2023 election.

The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities before coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1974 has been as follows:[9][10]

Party in control Years
Independent 1974–1983
No overall control 1983–2011
Conservative 2011–2019
Liberal Democrats 2019–2021
No overall control[11] 2021–2023
Liberal Democrats 2023–present


The leaders of the council since 2003 have been:[12]

Councillor Party From To
Alan Connett[13] Liberal Democrats 2003 2011
Jeremy Christophers[14] Conservative 2011 5 May 2019
Gordon Hook[15] Liberal Democrats 20 May 2019 3 Sep 2020
Alan Connett Liberal Democrats 3 Sep 2020 7 May 2023
Martin Wrigley Liberal Democrats 23 May 2023


Following the 2023 election, the composition of the council was:[16]

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrats 26
Alliance 10
Conservative 9
Independent 2
Total 47

The next election is due in 2027.


Since the last boundary changes in 2019 the council has comprised 47 councillors representing 24 wards, with each ward electing one, two or three councillors. Elections are held every four years.[17]


Old Forde House

The council is based at Forde House on Brunel Road in Newton Abbot.[18]

The council bought the Forde House estate in 1978 for £60,000.[19] The estate comprised an Tudor mansion and its grounds. A modern office building was built in the grounds to serve as the council's headquarters, being formally opened on 27 April 1987.[20] The new office building now takes the name Forde House, with the old mansion now called Old Forde House.

Parishes and settlements[edit]

The district is entirely divided into civil parishes. Some of the smaller parishes have a parish meeting rather than a parish council. The parish councils for Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Dawlish, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth take the style "town council".[21]

Settlements in the district include:


  1. ^ Clark, Daniel (15 January 2018). "Father of Love Island star Jessica Shears appointed as Teignbridge's new boss". Devon Live. Retrieved 24 June 2023.
  2. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 30 July 2023
  3. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Names) Order 1973", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1973/551, retrieved 31 May 2023
  4. ^ Historic England. "Teign Bridge (Grade II) (1317451)". National Heritage List for England.
  5. ^ Arngart, Olof Sigfrid (1934). The English Hundred-names. H. Ohlsson. p. 98. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  6. ^ "Local Government Act 1972", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, 1972 c. 70, retrieved 31 May 2023
  7. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  8. ^ "Who are the members?". Dartmoor National Park Authority. Retrieved 31 July 2023.
  9. ^ "Teignbridge". BBC News Online. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  10. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. Teignbridge District Council Election Results 1973–2011 (PDF). The Elections Centre, Plymouth University. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  11. ^ Heptinstall, Ollie (10 December 2021). "Teignbridge Lib Dems go to war". Radio Exe Devon. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  12. ^ "Council minutes". Teignbridge District Council. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  13. ^ Nero, Paul (3 September 2020). "Connett back as Teignbridge leader". Radio Exe Devon. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  14. ^ Clark, Daniel (8 May 2019). "Former Teignbridge leader speaks after losing his seat in the local elections". Devon Live. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  15. ^ Clark, Daniel (11 August 2020). "Teignbridge Council leader to resign". Devon Live. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  16. ^ "Local elections 2023: live council results for England". The Guardian.
  17. ^ "The Teignbridge (Electoral Changes) Order 2017", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2017/1081, retrieved 1 August 2023
  18. ^ "Contact us". Teignbridge District Council. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  19. ^ "Space for museum". Herald Express. Torquay. 25 July 1978. p. 3. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  20. ^ "Doorway to the future". Herald Express. Torquay. 28 April 1987. p. 11. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  21. ^ "Parish council contact details". Teignbridge District Council. Retrieved 1 August 2023.

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