There is a need for significant investment in, and improvement of, the physical fabric of the town centres. This is particularly the case for important elements of the streetscene, around key junctions for example, and key building frontages on high streets. This investment will be branded as the Townscape Investment Initiative and has already given rise to three concept plans being produced (Castle Circus, Torquay; Paignton Station Sq and The Strand, Torquay), with two projects being designed to RIBA Stage 3 (Paignton Station Square and The Strand, Torquay).
Further work is being undertaken to assess a range of different funding sources to allow delivery of public realm and building frontage improvements in town centres in all three town centres. For example, the Future High Streets Funding application for Paignton town centre includes physical improvements to public space.
Delivery of prioritised, targeted townscape improvements will be in accordance with Council policies including the Masterplans, the Urban Design Guide, the Local Plan, the Cultural Strategy and the Economic Strategy. Improvements would also be consistent with previous investment, such as that at Torquay Harbour.
In terms of public realm improvements the likely focus for investment follows the adopted Torquay and Paignton Town Centre Masterplans.
In Torquay, a targeted approach will result in improvements to:
- Castle Circus
- GPO roundabout
- Cary Parade/The Strand
- Market Street junction with Union Street
- The area between the former BHS store and Union Square
In Paignton, a targeted approach will result in improvements to:
- Station Square and the area between Victoria Street/Torbay Road
- The junction of Palace Avenue, Totnes Road and Victoria Street
Before & After – Paignton Station Square – From Hyde Road / Victoria Street