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Annual Monitoring Report 2022 - 2023

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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.  Also in 2023 the numbers were particularly high in Newton Abbot and Teignmouth.  This maybe due to a long cold and wet spring followed by a warm and dry May, there was also 3 bank holidays, some school strikes and on the day of the Newton Abbot count there was horseracing on at Newton Abbot racecourse.  

Average Number of Pedestrians in a 5 minute period

graph on number of pedestrians in a 5 min period

graph showing average of pedestrians since 2013

Newton Abbot Market Walk Footfall

There is a permanent footfall counter at the entrance to Market Walk, this counts all year rather than a snapshot in time as seen below.

Graph showing footfall in Courtenay Street

NB National Covid lockdown restrictions March 2020 - July 2021

Source: Springboard

Vacancies in town centres

In the Local Plan 2013 - 33 there are primary and secondary shop frontages, each year these are monitored to see what use class they are and how many shops are vacant.  Please see the tables below for summaries of each town and maps showing the different use classes:

 

GOAD map of Newton Abbot

Table of primary frontages in Newton Abbot

table of secondary frontages in Newton Abbot

GOAD map of Bovey Tracey

Table showing primary frontages in Bovey Tracey

table showing secondary frontages in Bovey Tracey

table showing Teignmouth primary frontages

table showing Teignmouth secondary frontage

GOAD map of Dawlish

table showing Dawlish secondary frontage

GOAD map of Chudleigh

table showing secondary frontages in Chudleigh

Square Metres of Town Centre Uses

The tables below detail the amount of floorspace completed (m²) between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023 for:

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 or hot food takeaway) Total
Gain 0 0 0
Loss 0 0 0
Net additional floorspace 0 0 0

Graph showing retail floorspace completed across the whole district (m2)

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, café or restaurant) Use class Sui Generis (pub, drinking establishment or takeaway) Total
Gains 0 0 0
Losses 0 0 0
Net additional floorspace 0 0 0

Graph showing retail uses floorspace within town centre boundaries
 

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.