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September 2021

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2. Next step in the process for Bradley Lane regeneration proposals

Plans to redevelop a key brownfield site adjacent to the town centre in Newton Abbot for new homes will move a step closer, when they are considered by Teignbridge Council’s Executive next week (September 16).

The proposal will deliver more than the policy requirements of 20% affordable housing, improve pedestrian and cycle routes into the town centre, Bakers Park and the Bradley estate and potentially a bus link into the town centre.  The proposal will also boost flood resilience in the town centre, and meet the council’s ambition to reduce its carbon emissions targets.

Following an extensive process to secure a development partner, final negotiations are now taking place, and if given the go-ahead the land will be sold to the development partner subject to their gaining planning consent for the development.

The land at Bradley Lane was identified and bought up by the Council from 2010 as a site where regeneration could take place, and since then the council has worked with businesses on the site to relocate them to new premises in the town.

If the Executive supports the proposal they will recommend them to the Full Council on 20 September, and subject to Council approval the development partner will need to secure planning permission before buying up the land.  As part of this process, the development partner will be responsible for engaging with local people over the detailed proposals, and implementing and marketing the development.   It is anticipated the planning application would be submitted later this year.

Councillor Richard Keeling, Executive Member for Corporate Resources, said:   “Redeveloping Bradley Lane has been a priority for the Council for over a decade and a huge effort has been made to bring land together to enable this major regeneration project to proceed and to breathe new life into this former industrial site.

“By establishing new housing, including a high percentage of affordable homes close to the town centre, we will both reinvigorate a brownfield site and boost economic activity by increasing footfall within the town.”

Teignbridge will also benefit through a capital receipt for the land sale which will enable it to invest in future projects that benefit the residents and businesses in Teignbridge.