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Major projects to breathe new life into town centres

11th April 2016

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Torbay Council and TDA are bringing to life some of the ambitious projects that are set out in town centre masterplans.

Following extensive community consultation, the two town centre masterplans included major regeneration projects for Crossways, the Victoria Centre and the Harbour, in Paignton; the Town Hall Car Park and Temperance Street in Torquay.

The projects will support town centre regeneration and high street recovery by improving resident and visitor experience and ensuring the Bay’s town centres are fit for the 21st Century.

Pat Steward, Head of Planning for Torbay Council, said: “The community has asked us to get on with delivery and that’s just what we’re doing. We have worked with local architects and transport engineers, we have produced options for site development, and we’re testing viability and the attractiveness of development option to investors. That has already led to more interest from investors, especially some really firm interest in redevelopment of Crossways.

“Over 600 people were involved in Paignton town centre masterplanning. They were overwhelmingly in support of the scale and ambition of change in the town centre. There was huge support for sites such as Crossways and redevelopment of Paignton Harbour. We have taken that forward, but will over the next few months be checking with businesses and the community that we’ve got it right.”

Vince Flower, Chairman of TDA, said: “This is an exciting stage of the process as the focus in now on delivering the projects and ensuring the community’s vision is achieved. It is important for local businesses and the community to support these high quality developments to make Torbay the best place it can be for residents and visitors alike.

“These long-term aspirations will provide a real boost to Torbay’s economy and town centre regeneration. The community helped lead on how the developments were going to look, we now need their local knowledge to help determine how the plans can be delivered.”

Tim Jones, Chairman of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, said: “We would like to express our whole hearted support for these initiatives.

“Torbay has experienced a lengthy period of frustration whilst awaiting the opening of the South Devon Highway. Both Torbay Council and TDA are now able to develop some ambitious plans for the future growth of the whole of the Bay area. The business community have great confidence that these bodies are fully aware of both the opportunities that exist and the needs of the business community.

“It is crucial that new life is brought to the existing town centre areas both in Paignton and Torquay. These high streets are vital as the back bone for both business and community interests. To undertake master planning at this level would encourage both local and inward investment and ensure that the growth of long term successful economies can be delivered. There is undoubtedly great support for these initiatives.

“The emerging plans for key sites are exciting and are exactly the type of initiatives investors are looking for. Both Torbay Council and the TDA should be congratulated and supported as they invest time and money into these projects.”

The development options and outcomes for each site will be considered by the Masterplan Programme Board in late April. Following that the council and TDA want to tap into the community’s knowledge to ensure that development proposals will achieve the right outcomes for Paignton and Torquay. The council will then be asked to make a decision on development proposals.

The council and TDA have also funded masterplan work by the Neighbourhood Forum in Brixham, for the town centre car park site. This follows the decision by Tesco to withdraw its town centre redevelopment proposals.

Find out more about the Masterplans at www.torbay.gov.uk/masterplans

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