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Cliff collapse closes coast path in Devon

Council officers are due to inspect the scene of a cliff collapse at South Hams in Devon.

Falmouth Coastguard described Sunday night's landslip at Butter Cove in Bantham as substantial. You can see the scale of it in this photo taken by the police helicopter, which was called out to survey the fall. The coast path is closed in the area for safety reasons.

The police helicopter took this shot of the cliff collapse at Butter Cove Credit: NPAS Exeter

New owners of Bantham Estate revealed

Bantham Estate Credit: ITV West Country

The new owners of the Bantham Estate in South Devon have been revealed. It's been brought by The Great Tew Estate in Oxfordshire. It's cost £11.5 million and consists of more than 20,000 acres, a number of homes and a golf course.

We look forward to bringing another long period of family ownership to this estate, ensuring that the aspirations of the previous owners are preserved and that employees, tenants and visitors can continue to enjoy all that makes this village and wider estate so special.

– Nicholas Johnston from Great Tew Estate


New owners of Bantham beach revealed?

Bantham beach and estuary was expected to sell for around £11 million Credit: ITV News

The mystery buyers of a multi-million pound beach in South Devon may have been revealed.

The 728 acre property, which includes dunes, a river estuary and 22 homes went on the market in June. There was major interest in the sale and the National Trust even began an appeal to save it.

Now the prospective new owners have been named in the Telegraph as the Johnston family who run the Great Tew estate in Oxfordshire.

New owners of Bantham 'have no plans to change the village'

Mystery surrounds the identity of the new owner of a South Devon beauty spot which has been sold for more than eleven million pounds.

It follows months of uncertainty for the village of Bantham - and a well publicised campaign by the National Trust to buy part of the coastline.

The new owners have given assurances they have no plans to change the village - and want the beach to remain open to the public. Richard Lawrence reports.

Relief in Bantham as the village avoids developer buyers

Bantham has been sold for the same price as some flats in Mayfair. Credit: ITV News West Country

People living in the tiny village of Bantham are relieved that the estate has been sold to a family rather than a developer.

The village, which has 21 tenants, its own beach and a golf course sold for more than 11 million pounds.

The National Trust had previously bid to buy the land, but it was turned down.

Locals were worried Bantham would be sold to a developer. It's thought the new owners plan to maintain and preserve the landscape the same way as the previous family did for nearly 100 years.

It's not yet been revealed who the mystery buyers are.

''There is a general air of joy and really huge relief in the village. It's a beautiful area which has been made accessible to everyone and there is no reason why the new owners can't do it again. It should be fantastic. If it had gone to a big company the place would have lost its heart and soul''

Maya Plass, Bantham resident

National Trust fails in bid to buy Bantham beach

Bantham beach and Avon estuary was expected to sell for around £11.5 million Credit: ITV News West Country

The National Trust has failed in its bid to buy a Devon beach, despite getting the backing of Richard Branson. Bantham was put on the market after one of the family that owned it died. The charity began fundraising to stop it ending up in private hands. It says it's extremely disappointed.

Mark Harold, South West Regional Director for the National Trust says:

"We will of course continue to care and protect for ever and for everyone the 40 miles and 3,000 hectares of the South Devon coast we already care for.

"We would also want, if possible, to work with any future owners of Bantham Beach & Estuary and ensure that this beautiful location is continued to be enjoyed by the many thousands of people who have told us how much it means to them.

"We would like to thank everyone for their support of our fundraising appeal".


An entire seaside village in Devon goes on sale

The village of Bantham goes on sale this weekend Credit: ITV News West Country

An entire seaside village in Devon will go on sale this weekend for £11.5 million. The village of Bantham is a privately run estate with over 40 homes, 1 pub and its own stretch of beach. It is believed the National Trust is one organisations showing an interest in buying it.