2. Progress this year
We have made good progress this year despite global challenges. These updates follow on from the previous Annual Monitoring report which was published in December 2020.
Council houses being built in Newton Abbot
Work has now completed on the first 2 Council-built social houses in a quarter of a century and 5 more are under construction in Newton Abbot.
The new homes will be designed in line with carbon reduction principles and will exceed the minimum building regulations standards. This will provide good quality homes with the aim of keeping running costs low for future tenants.
New affordable homes in Denbury
These homes are the result of a scheme to provide affordable housing, and is the result of a collaboration between Willow Tree Housing Partnership, Teignbridge District Council, Homes England, Denbury Parish Council and local construction firm Classic Builders.
The scheme was funded by grants from Homes England together with £100,000 from Teignbridge District Council to support the viability of the scheme, which included £50,000 from the Council’s Community Led Housing Fund.
Tender for custom and self build homes development partner
A tender to identify a development partner for a custom and self build homes scheme on Council owned land near Newton Abbot has been given the go-ahead by Teignbridge Executive following a successful soft market testing initiative undertaken.
Funding for Newton Abbot town centre
On the Boxing Day 2020 an announcement that the town is one of 72 set to receive a share of the £830 million jackpot to revive town centres.
The cash injection into Newton Abbot town centre will have a major impact on the wider economy, boosting jobs and creating longer term prospects for local businesses.
Teign Estuary Trail
Devon County Council and Teignbridge District Council both committed £200,000 to prepare a planning application for the link between Passage House Inn and the A381, which has been granted consent in December 2021.
Long-term environmental and public access benefits secured at Dawlish Countryside Park
The long term future of award-winning Dawlish Countryside Park has been secured through a landmark agreement which will see its management taken over by national land management charity, the Land Trust, which will safeguard recent public and environmental benefits.
Teignbridge Council is to award a 999 year lease to the Land Trust to use an endowment investment to deliver the long term goals of Dawlish Countryside Park, which mirror the Trust’s vision of improving “the quality of people’s lives by creating sustainable, high quality green spaces that deliver environmental, social and economic benefits”.
The land for the Countryside Park was purchased with money from developers across Teignbridge, Exeter and East Devon through the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Executive Committee. This partnership is legally required to protect key conservation sites at Dawlish Warren and the Exe Estuary by providing visitors with alternative places to visit.
Improvements on the A382 between Drumbridges and Newton Abbot are progressing well. The third phase was announced in May 2021, this is the final step in this major project which will greatly improve access to the town and reduce travelling times, linking it to the main arterial route to Plymouth and Cornwall..
Vital new link to Newton Abbot will provide 'huge economic boost'
We welcomed a major road improvement project linking Newton Abbot and the A38.
The announcement came after the Government backed the Devon County Council-scheme with a cash injection of £38 million.
Profit before planet – developers duck opportunity to reduce carbon footprint
Councils serving the South West Exeter area have been forced to shelve an innovative district heating system designed to cut carbon emissions and reduce heating costs for future residents because most developers are unwilling to absorb any of the additional costs.
Full speed ahead with Newton Abbot Regeneration plans
Major plans to transform the market and cultural quarters in Newton Abbot, boosting jobs and the local economy, have been given the green light by the Government.
The go ahead, based on the current publicised plans, will secure £9 million Future High Streets funding and means that detailed planning can now start on re-establishing the original Corn Exchange and Market Hall structure by opening up the space currently used by the market and the Alexandra cinema.
Wolborough Barton appeal rejected
We welcome the clarity that comes from the Court of Appeal’s rejection of further legal efforts by Abbotskerswell Parish Council to block the development of new homes at Wolborough Barton.
In rejecting the parish council’s appeal against a previous ruling to refuse a statutory review of the planning decision, the Court has allowed the development to commence.
This ruling finally brings to an end a process that started in 2014 and which has seen significant public funding spent reviewing this application through every possible planning and legal process.
First council five year strategy to plant more trees
In July we consulted on a new strategy aimed at significantly increasing tree cover in Teignbridge.
Recognising the benefits trees provide and the increasingly important role they play in mitigating the effects of climate change, flood amelioration and pollution control, the Council has produced its first tree strategy.
Bovey Parish Neighbourhood Plan
The Bovey Parish Neighbourhood Plan Referendum will take place on Thursday 3 February 2022.
The plan sets out a vision for the future of the town and local planning policies which, together with the Teignbridge Local Plan will be used to determine planning applications.
Affordable homes to rent in Exminster
More than 400 homes for rent and shared ownership will be built as part of the South West Exeter development which will see 2,500 homes built as well as a new school campus, shops and community facilities plus a GP surgery, dentist and recreational park.