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The Future High Street Fund

Newton Abbot Regeneration green light

Major development will see culture and the arts, dining and shopping all under one roof with landmark buildings secured and cycling and pedestrian improvements for the town.

What will the new town centre look like?

Space for community, artistic and cultural activities will be created under the innovative plans, alongside a revitalised market, food hall and Market Square. 

Significant improvements will be made to Queen Street and the National Cycle Network Route and a new state-of-the-art cinema will be built.

The regeneration will build on the 800 year history of Newton Abbot as a market town, creating a modern centre that embraces sustainable travel and encourages people to shop, buy, eat and socialise locally. As a premier market destination, it will boost footfall and increase spending in the town, supporting local businesses.

What happens next?

Detailed planning on the different elements of the regeneration plan is now underway. 

In the coming months we will talk to traders, local organisations and community groups so that the work is informed by those most affected by the improvements. Our goal is to meet the needs and interests of the widest range of local people and communities.

When the detailed plans are complete, local people will have a final opportunity to influence them before we begin work.

How we got here

We originally submitted a bid in spring 2019 for a share of the £1 billion Future High Street Fund which was set up to help reshape town centres through transformational schemes.

Following an invitation to submit a proposal for Newton Abbot by 31 July 2020, we talked to local people about our outline proposals seeking views on how our plans would create a vibrant market quarter, a cultural quarter and more sustainable travel links.

You can see the feedback from this consultation

Throughout this process we have tried to engage with a range of partners and to ensure that our proposals would meet the needs of as many groups as possible.

At the end of last year we were told our bid had been successful but as the fund was oversubscribed we needed to scale back our proposals, which we did removing additional car parking proposed for Cricketfield.

The government announced this was successful on 19 May. 

When this content has been updated

Last updated 19 May 2021