Planning

What we do at the local level

The Torbay Civic Society Committee regularly monitor the local Council’s public planning notices to watch for any changes that might effect the built heritage, open green spaces, parks or the environment.

Where there is a concern about some change of use, the demolition of a building or a new build that is seen as important in heritage terms to the area, the Committee will put their views before the Planning Committee in order that this can be taken into consideration at the time the Council makes any firm decision. Members of the Committee also meet with Planning Officers from time to time and will undertake site visits where this is deemed necessary. Obviously if the proposed planning issue is highly controversial, in addition to the above action the society will use the media to put forward its views to the general public.

Members of the Civic Society are regularly updated on any actions taken on their behalf by the Committee, firstly by direct information given at our Society events and secondly using the members’ Newsbrief publication which is issued two or three times a year. Sometimes, especially where public land is involved, the Committee will create a survey form for circulation to its members in order to get written confirmation of their opinion on any given subject.

In extreme cases where a planning decision is taken which seems to fly in the face of all that Torbay stands for, the Committee may take legal advice, use the Ombudsman or put in an official appeal for consideration by the local Planning Committee. In two instances during recent years the Committee have challenged Torbay Council on whether or not Covenants put in place by past benefactors can be over ridden without there being full consultation with the electorate. In these many ways the monitoring of planning matters form a crucial, if not a major, part of the formal activities of this Society.

Torquay

OLD TOLL HOUSE (Torquay Esplanade)

Support the proposal

Planning application currently awaiting decision, for new Venus company restaurant.

FORMER BAKERY BARN (Chilcote Close)

Support the proposal

Plans have been put forward by Mc Carthy Developments Ltd for a seven flat conversion and new build.

BLUE CONIFERS HOTEL (BABBACOMBE DOWNS ST MARYCHURCH)

Support the Proposal

This second major development by Renaissance Ltd of 9 luxury apartments is now complete and some have already been sold.

IMPERIAL HOTEL (PARKHILL ROAD)

No Opinion

Originally the only 5 star hotel in the Westcountry, this hotel was purchased by Mr & Mrs Brownsword, who we understand, will be undertaking a major refurbishment of the hotel once their emergency project in Exeter has been completed.  The Clarence Hotel in Exeter was demolished by fire two years ago

OLD B-Q BUILDING AT TORRE PLUS ZION CHAPEL

Support the Proposal

This development has received full planning permission for a change of use at the B & Q building, the old Plymouth Brethren Chapel (now a gym), and the Zion Chapel opposite.The B&Q building and Laburnum Street development is nearing completion.The old Plymouth Brethren Chapel and the Zion Chapel are awaiting development.

 SOUTH DEVON HOTEL (ST MARGARETS ROAD)

Support the Proposal

The site was purchased by local firm McCarthy Contracting and Development Ltd. who have now completed the refurbishment of the old villa (once the South Devon Hotel) and the new buildings are virtually complete.  With a new apartment block and new houses the project will comprise a total of 36 homes accessible from St Margarets Close.

PALACE HOTEL BABBACOMBE ROAD TORQUAY

Support the Proposal

The hotel has been purchased by the Fragrance Group. The hotel will be demolished (it is not listed) and rebuilt as a five star new hotel with upmarket homes at the rear of the site.  We had sight of the plans which was put before the membership.

PAVILION AND NEW COMPLEX AT HARBOURSIDE

Support the Proposal

A £32m scheme to build 11 storey apartment building and a new hotel plus full restoration of the historic Torquay Pavilion. From the outset of the campaign to develop this site the Society has consistently supported the large development which provides for  the Pavilion to be restored and retained.   With full planning permission having been granted, a judicial review subsequently quashed the permission.  The current situation is being reviewed by Torbay Council and MDL

PIER POINT RESTAURANT (Torquay Esplanade)

Support the Proposal

The idea of a second storey on the restaurant was supported by the Society and now that the final plans have been submitted we await a positive outcome from council and understand that the new build could commence after the 2018 season.

SHEDDON HALL HOTEL

No Opinion

New plans put before the public and our members were well received. Planning permission supported and was granted. Unfortunately the hotel caught fire on the morning of the 4th of June 2019 and has now been demolished.  We await new proposals.

SLADNOR PARK (Land at Maidencombe)

No Opinion

The submitted plans for this huge retirement complex are very controversial and are currently being considered by the planners.

PREMIER INN PROPOSED AT THE TORQUAY TERRACE CAR PARK

Support the Proposal

After certain changes were made during the planning process we now support this development.

STOODLEY KNOLL ESTATE

Support the Proposal

One of the largest remaining open green spaces left in Torquay which also includes the old Stoodley Knowle Convent school and chapel.  Progress has been made towards submitting the plans for this large project which includes new homes and a care home facility.  The listed chapel, which has a Blue Plaque from the Society, is not part of the demolition plans.

TORWOOD STREET REDEVELOPMENT

Support the Proposal

This major development of lower Torwood Street has now commenced with the demolition company  taking out the Victoria terrace of shops. The site is being developed into retail shops, a Hampton Hilton hotel and office accommodation on the higher floors.  There are no apartments within this project. Completion will be during 2020.

Paignton

CLAYLANDS BUSINESS PARK

No Opinion

Torbay Development Agency (TDA), have already intimated that this will be their next major brownfield business site in Torbay and we await site of their plans.

BISHOPS PLACE APARTMENTS (rear of old Rossiters store)

Support the Proposal

The 32 apartments planned on the site and to the rear of the old Rossiters department store has been completed and a show flat is now open for viewing.  There is no parking whatsoever on this site so the homes will be particularly suitable for those without the need of a vehicle

HARBOURLIGHT RESTAURANT (PAIGNTON HARBOUR QUAY)

Support the Proposal

Torbay Harbour Company together with St Austell Brewery is to invest half a million pounds to update and expand the existing first floor restaurant and add a large balcony on the sea facing side. On the ground floor new retail outlets and a cafe are to be provided sea level conditions critical to Health & Safety.  Planning permission has been given and work has now started.  There is also a plan for new properties on the far side of the harbour and we await site of the plans before presenting these to our membership.

COYDE HOUSING (WATERSIDE)

No Opinion

Our understanding is that there is a pre application project for 3 buildings on this site which is at the lower part of the plot at Waterside (adjacent to the cut on Dartmouth Road).

EPIC Centre

Support the Proposal

An Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC) has now been built by Torbay Council to support the needs of the electronics industry.  The building will provide research and development facilities to assist any high tech start ups .  The centre has been officially opened for business.

INGLEWOOD FARM (BRIXHAM ROAD)

No Opinion

Latest major housing application by developer Abacus Projects/Deeley Freed Estates covering a mixed use development on 70 acres of land west of the A3022 Brixham Road at Goodrington. Having seen the initial plans the Society will continue to monitor progress of this huge development that is still at the public consultation stage.

OLD POLICE STATION (OLDWAY ROAD)

Support the Proposal

This site purchased by McCarthy Contracting & Development Ltd, on Southfield Road, was originally the Paignton Police Station. Now demolished, new amended plans are being submitted and having seen these the Society remain in support of this complex.

THE LIGHTHOUSE, PAIGNTON ESPLANADE

Support the Proposal

After being empty for over a decade this former nightclub was purchased by a London based company Floorsave, but has now been sold on to the Fragrance Group .We support the proposal for a 117-bed 3 *Ibis Hotel.

THE PARK HOTEL PAIGNTON ESPLANADE

Support the Proposal

The Fragrance Group purchased this site and planning permission was subsequently granted for a five storey hotel. Construction will commence in Autumn 2019 for a 4* Mercure Hotel.

OLDWAY ESTATE (MANSION AND GARDENS)

No Opinion

With the loss of Akkeron (a company we had consistently supported) a new working party has been set up by Torbay Council, on which we are represented. The challenge now is to find a new use for the Mansion and other buildings as well as allowing the public permanent access to the site which has always been an inherent condition of the original covenants. The public gardens and Oldway Mansion are formally listed by Heritage England and Torbay Council. An appointed independent consultant  produced a Business Plan at the end of 2018.  A charity trust is currently being set up to facilitate refurbishment and future uses. The gardens are currently being maintained by volunteers and we have set up a fund to help support this work.

PAIGNTON PICTURE HOUSE

Support the Proposal

As one of the initial supporters to this new refurbishment scheme Society members have not only visited the Picture House but also supported the planning process and the grant scheme. The challenge now is for the remaining financial challenges to be met so that the project can be completed and the Picture House reopened in its former glory.

SOUTH DEVON COLLEGE (UNIVERSITY LONG RD)

Support the Proposal

New grant funding has been received from the South West local enterprise partnership (SW LEP) which helped establish a new £17m building on Long Road offering students education in App design, film and digital media and gaming concepts. We are pleased to say the new building has recently been completed .

Brixham

CENTRAL CAR PARK AT BRIXHAM

No Opinion

The major site in Brixham that in the past was designated for a national supermarket but is currently part of Torbay Council’s regeneration plan which includes Brixham town centre.

CHURSTON GOLF COURSE (BLOOR HOMES)

No Opinion

The Society, having supported Bloor Homes in its original proposals for new homes, a retirement home and a new Clubhouse at the Brixham road site await the revised plans following planning refusal after a controversial public consultation.

PREMIER MARINA COMPANY AT NOSS – KINGSWEAR

Support the Proposal

This major application is supported by the Society who have been working closely with South Devon College concerning its new proposed Marine Academy which is an integral part of the overall project. The new Academy for apprentices will be phase 1 of the project following which will be a new waterside hotel, an expansion of berths and a new berth stack plus on site services for boat owners including a major lifting service. Eventually there will be new houses created at the rear of the site. Plans have been submitted to South Hams District Council and with these plans having been passed a new access bridge has already been completed.

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