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Annual Monitoring Report 2020-2021

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4. Going to Town

Town Centre Pedestrian Activity

We use pedestrian counts as an annual indicator of town centre viability. Within the town centres of Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Chudleigh, Bovey Tracey and Kingsteignton pedestrian flows were counted from a specific point on a number of separate streets for 5 minutes at a time. The same locations have been surveyed since 2009 and the count is standardised and repeated 6 times throughout the day between 10am and 4pm, to ensure accuracy, consistency, and comparability between data.

All flows of pedestrians were counted irrespective of direction and which side of the street such flows fall. Depending on the size of the town, the number of streets in which pedestrian movement was recorded ranges from 12 streets in Newton Abbot to 4 streets in Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh. The figures below represent the average from the recording points within each Town.

Factors such as weather conditions/road or pavement works will impact and may account for any fluctuations. Please note 2020 was not surveyed due to Covid-19.

Average Number of Pedestrians in a 5 minute period

graph showing pedestrian numbers

graph showing average pedestrians

Retail and Town Centre Uses

Paragraph 7.54 page 95 adopted Local Plan 2013-2033 Attained red traffic light
Target: 11,000m² net retail floor space in the Newton Abbot Town centre boundary by 2021 0m² approved or completed

Square Metres of Town Centre Uses

The tables below detail the amount of floorspace completed (m²) between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021 for:

Total amount of floorspace completed for ‘town centre uses’ across the entire Teignbridge Planning Area   

Use Class Use class E (shop, financial and professional services, café or restaurant) Use class Sui Generis (pub, drinking establishment or takeaway) Total
Gains 562 118 680
Losses 0 0 0
Net additional floorspace 562 118 680

graph showing retail floorspace completed across the whole district

Total amount of floorspace completed for ‘town centre uses’  within the town centre boundaries (as shown in Retail Study 2010) - Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, and Kingsteignton 

Use Class Use class E (shop, financial and professional services, cafe or restaurant) Use class Sui Generis (pub, drinking establishment or takeaway) Total
Gains 258 115 373
Losses 0 0 0
Net additional floorspace 258 115 373

graph showing retail uses floorspace completed within town centre  boundaries

graph showing cumulative amount of retail floorspace completed

Paragraph 7.54 of the Local Plan 2013-33, based upon the 2010 Retail and Leisure Study, predicted a need of around 11,000 new comparison goods retail net floor space in Newton Abbot town centre.

The policy target for 11,000 m² of retail floorspace in Newton Abbot town centre has not yet been met. The above chart shows work on town centre redevelopment is underway but the target will also be reviewed through the Local Plan update.