Ward Councillor for South Brent

Cllr Peter Smerdon

I have been re-elected as ward Councillor South Brent, previously representing the Eastmoor ward from 2011, one of the largest wards in the South Hams though containing no large towns.

I have lived in the area for over fifty years and have a good knowledge of all the tiny lanes and hamlets that are a feature of the South Hams.

I am married to Angela and we have three daughters.

I have been a farmer all my life and I am the third generation of my family to live at Smallcombe.  Up to 2009, we were dairy farming with 110 cows but we now keep beef cattle, rear dairy replacements, and we also have a small organic vegetable acreage, plus a caravan site.

I have a long connection with the Devon Young Farmers Club and I am a member of its Board of Management.  I am also a member of Rattery Parish Council and the Rattery Village Hall Committee.

I enjoy watching Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club and my wife and I enjoy walking, either on Dartmoor or the Coast Path.

Name:Councillor Peter Smerdon
Address:Smallcombe Farm
South Brent
TQ10 9LH
United Kingdom
Tel:01364 642207
Political Party: Conservative
Ward:South Brent
Parishes:Dean Prior, Diptford, Holne, North Huish, South Brent, Rattery and West Buckfastleigh
Committees:Licensing Committee; Overview & Scrutiny Panel
Outside Bodies:Dartmoor National Park Authority; Devon County/South Hams Highways and Traffic Orders Committee, Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund
Declaration of Interests Summary:

Employment: Farmer

Sponsorship: None

Securities: None

Contracts: None

Land/Licences: Smallcombe Farm, Rattery; Moorhaze, Rattery; Land at Bulkamore, Rattery; Land at Yelland, Rattery

Corporate Tenancies: None

Membership of Other Groups: Rattery Parish Council; South Hams CVS Trustee; Rattery Village Hall, Trustee; NFU

Other Matters: None

Training & Development from May 2019:




May & June 2019 - Induction Training: (NB - Re-elected Members are NOT required to attend the Induction programme)
  • Setting the Scene & How the Council Works including Code of Conduct
  • Governance - Introduction to the Role of the Executive, O+S Panel, DM Committee, Licensing Committee, Audit Committee and Salcombe Harbour Board,
  • Safeguarding, General Data Protection Regulation, Equality and Diversity, Freedom of Information, Business Continuity and Health and Safety
  • The Planning Process (Part 1)
  • Licensing
  • Overview & Scrutiny
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • IT Training
September 2019

Medium Term Financial Strategy Training

Climate Change Workshop

October 2019


November 2019

January 2020

March 2020

Standards & Governance

Community Infrastructure Levy Training

Budget Workshop

Gypsy and Traveller Session

Health and Wellbeing Session