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Published on 11 September 2019
Brunswick Street regeneration plans take a step forward
A planning application to demolish part of the Brunswick Street redevelopment site heralds the first phase of regeneration plans for this important town centre site.
The Council’s plan to build a 66-bed hotel is at an early stage, with design proposals currently being drawn up, and which is anticipated will help meet the current shortfall in bed supply. The increased number of visitors able to stay in the town will also provide a boost to the town centre and visitor attractions.
Regeneration plans also include the possible sale of part of the site to the NHS for the development of a new health and well-being centre for the town, which is currently being negotiated. If the land is not sold to the NHS, the site will be developed as a town centre car park.
In the meantime, the first phase of works is set to demolish existing derelict buildings early in the New Year, subject to the grant of planning permission. A new boundary wall will be built, which will enable Teignmouth Arts and Community Group (TAAG) to proceed with the purchase of 4/5 Northumberland Place. Following the marketing process undertaken last summer, the Council agreed to TAAG having first option to buy the building. Valued as a keystone to the Arts Quarter, the purchase will enable TAAG to continue their valued contribution to arts and the community.
More parking spaces for the town will be created with the relocation of the Rowing Club from Lower Point Car Park to Gales Hill and with the demolition of the Eastcliff Centre. The Town Council are moving ahead with a proposal to build new public toilets in the car park. Teignbridge District and Teignmouth Town Council are also working together to provide new accommodation at Bitton Park for community use, including the ‘Cave Music Project’.
Councillor Alan Connett, Teignbridge Executive Councillor for Regeneration, said “This is an exciting time as we begin to see definitive progress in bringing this site back to life. This major project will mark the start of the regeneration of the town and surrounding areas, bringing this part of the town back to life and boosting the provision of much needed additional holiday accommodation.
“We’re looking forward to working with all our partners involved in this project over the coming months to move the work forward, and to seeing the results of many years of work to improve Teignmouth’s fortunes.”
Councillor Sylvia Russell, Teignbridge Councillor for Teignmouth East, said: "I very much welcome the news that Brunswick Street will receive such a huge investment into this neglected area of Teignmouth. This underlines the confidence of the private and statutory sectors in our town and in particular the original concept of an Arts Centre for Teignmouth supported by TAAG and many small businesses in this central area."