Town Centres Regeneration




Nothing says more about a town than its centre. It is the place that brings people together from across all its neighbourhoods, as well as from overseas, nearby cities, towns and villages. The centre is a town’s heart and will be the part of town that most residents and visitors will know. Rightly or wrongly, it will be the place that determines the view of many people of the town in its entirety. Put simply, Torbay’s town centres matter.

In April 2017, Torbay Council and TDA put in place a strategy to transform Torbay’s town centres to create a much better consumer experience. This strategy provides a sharp focus for ongoing regeneration work with the emphasis on place making, coupled with high quality development, which delivers a range of benefits to Torbay and drives further investment. The Strategy complements the Council’s Economic Strategy and Local Plan, the Culture Strategy, the emerging Destination Management Plan and Neighbourhood Plans, the completed town centre masterplans and Torbay Harbours masterplan.

In essence, the Transformation Strategy for Torbay’s Town Centres is based on what residents, businesses and investors have said they want to see happening.

The strategy has identified 8 key sites  and their delivery actions, 7 key public realm projects and building improvements, and investment opportunities  in Torbay.

In May 2017, the Council agreed to design and build a £14.2m student accommodation building at Upton Place (part of Torquay Town Hall Car Park) for a local education provider.

In October 2017, the Council agreed a £25m Town Centre Regeneration Fund to deliver at least 5 regeneration projects, including:

  1. A hotel at Harbour View (part of Terrace Car Park ), Torquay
  2. A mixed use development at South Quay, Paignton Harbour
  3. Refurbishment of Lower Union Lane Multi-Storey Car Park, Torquay
  4. Public realm improvements between Torbay Road, Victoria Street and Paignton Train and Bus Stations
  5. A public realm improvement project for Torquay Town Centre

The council also agreed, in October 2017, that some of the £25m Town Centre Regeneration Fund could be used to purchase sites / buildings of strategic importance for town centres regeneration.

In November 2017, Jones Lang Lasalle were appointed to indentify investors and occupiers, and to produce viable development solutions, for:

  • Victoria Square, Paignton
  • Paignton Plaza, Paignton
  • Brixham Town Centre Car Park
  • Next Phase sites / areas


For further information, contact Pat Steward, Town Centre Regeneration Programme Director on


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