Plan for Torquay town centre rejuvenation on table
AMBITIOUS plans for reviving Torquay town centre are being discussed as part of the new local plan for the area.
A supermarket on the Lymington Road car park, a major redevelopment of the upper Union Street area, and a redrawing of the map of recognised prime retail areas are being discussed by the town centre group of the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan.
Among the ideas being discussed ahead of public consultation are introducing more leisure facilities into the town centre, including another cinema, indoor sports facilities and a modern Torquay library, similar to the Paignton development, with community facilities such as meeting rooms and education facilities.
It has been suggested that controls are relaxed so properties in the fringe areas of the town centre can be more easily converted for new uses such as a doctors' surgery, gym or residential.
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Another proposal is to make Castle Circus another focal point in the town for markets, entertainment, concerts and Christmas events.
Chairman of the group John Doherty, of Dot's Pantry, said they were working towards creating a vision for the town centre and are keen to encourage more retailers and town centre business people to get involved.
"It is a plan for improving the town centre, which is doesn't cost anybody any extra to be involved with. We are keen to hear local people's views.
"We hope the new plan will open doors for investors to spend some money in our town."
Another meeting will be organised once the ideas from the group are collated.
Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Mr Doherty on 01803 294396.