2. Progress this year
Social homes for Rent
With the help of funding from Homes England, we are planning the construction of new Council owned social housing in Newton Abbot for the first time in a quarter of a century.
Plans are in place to build on two parcels of Teignbridge-owned land – at East Street and Drake Road in Newton Abbot. Work was expected to start by April 2020, with completion scheduled by March 2021 but due to Covid-19 there has been a delay.
The development will deliver within current budgets a mix of social rental homes and help contribute to tackling the Climate Emergency by building on small infill sites.
Five homes will be built in East Street: two large one-bedroom wheelchair accessible flats on the ground floor with a mix of one and two-bedroom flats on the first and second floors. The site will also benefit from having two Disabled Parking spaces, with the infrastructure to accommodate car charging points.
At Drake Road, two three-bedroom homes, with car parking, will replace an old garage block as well as providing four additional public parking spaces to offset the loss of the garages to adjoining residents.
Affordable housing award finds a home in Denbury
We congratulated the winners of an award presented by the Devon Rural Housing Partnership (DRHP) on their outstanding achievement.
The £1.5 million development at Denbury Down Lane was funded with a £191,000 grant from Homes England, £100,000 from Teignbridge, and the remainder funded by South Western Housing Society (SWHS).
The scheme comprises nine new affordable homes for local people and one affordable custom-build dwelling. The scheme features a mix of bungalows, maisonettes and houses, along with an area of public open space.
Sherborne House, Newton Abbot
The project to convert the vacant Sherborne House in Newton Abbot is nearing reality with a planning application for ten apartments, providing much needed social housing and health care space in Newton Abbot.
Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP) consultation plans paused
Work on the GESP has ceased as a result of not all partners wishing to proceed with the project.
Strategic sites and policies which would have been included within the GESP will now be included within the Local Plan.
New Local Plan Review
The document that guides future planning policy and decisions both large and small. The timetable is being reviewed following the stopping of work on the GESP project. It is envisaged that we will consult on a draft plan in 2021.
New Climate Officer
Teignbridge’s first Climate Change Officer has taken up a key role in supporting us to achieve 7 reductions in the environmental impact of our own operations and working on low-carbon policies across the community.
Major Employer Relocated
In November 2019 we celebrated handing over a newly refurbished industrial building in Newton Abbot to a prestigious local shop-fitting and interior architectural fabrications supplier, which employs around 90 people.
The Benbow Group, completed a move from its former home at Bradley Mill to a bigger and more flexible space on the town’s Brunel Industrial Estate.
The move means that the thriving specialist business has room to expand and grow, whilst we will be able to open up the Bradley Lane site for a significant mixed-use redevelopment providing jobs and new homes on a 1.6 acre brownfield site.
The project has been 18 months in the making and has involved complex funding and commercial activity.
The Future High Streets Fund
Plans to transform Newton Abbot town centre were unveiled for public feedback in June 2020, as we reached the next phase in a major redevelopment plan, set to boost the economy and put the town on the map as a destination to visit.
The Future High Streets Fund, expected to be in the region of between £10-£15m, will inject a much-needed cash boost into the local economy, fast tracking the town’s economy and transforming the town for residents, shoppers and visitors.
Plans feature a major redevelopment of Market Hall, Market Square and the old Alexandra cinema, to include a new eating quarter, a state of the art cinema, a remodelled entertainment and events venue and a high quality market space. They will also include pedestrian improvements and the addition of greenery in the Queen Street area, cycling improvements for better links to shopping facilities and increased parking at Cricketfield car park.
New hotels in Teignmouth and Newton Abbot
The building of two landmark hotels in Teignmouth and Newton Abbot is a step closer. Planning permission has been approved for the hotel in Teignmouth and the application for the Newton Abbot hotel is going to the Council’s Planning Committee for a decision. Plans for a hotel in Teignmouth have been in place since the Local Development Order was agreed in 2016 which set out the regeneration goals for the area and which were supported by local people.
New school in Newton Abbot
A new special needs school, the Glendenning House Academy, is to replace the old Milber Infants School in Buckland, Newton Abbot.