Town will be turned around as businesses 'line up' to move into site
A MAJOR redevelopment scheme will 'turn around' the fortunes of Teignmouth as businesses are already lining up to set up in the town.
Teignbridge Council's deputy leader Stuart Barker has said the £20million Broadmeadow revamp will bring about more jobs and better training opportunities for local people.
His comments were made when the authority's executive recommended the proposed commercial employment scheme to full council for approval.
And Teignbridge Council's deputy chief executive Phil Shears said businesses are already lining up to take space.
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The site is being transformed in multi-million-pound plans which will see a new Morrisons built — work is already under way — as well as business units, sports fields and new roads in and out of the development.
The scheme will see former playing fields brought back into use and an employment area created along with new transport links.
The executive met on Tuesday to consider the employment scheme, its phased development and the funding.
The Broadmeadow employment development will take place in two phases with phase one funding to be secured through prudential borrowing or capital receipts.
Phase one will see small starter workshops built — of varying sizes. Phase two will see the creation of a stand alone building for office space, training accommodation and pre-apprentice training.
Mr Shears said: "Already, we have had business coming to us and asking how they can get in to the spaces. There is a desire in the market already to take them up."
Lib Dem Cllr Gordon Hook, who does not sit on the executive, said: "This is very encouraging."
For phase two, the council will link up with South Devon College to form a partnership to support the pre-apprentice training for young people in the area.
Cllr Barker said the partnership with the college will help young peoplefind a job.
He said: "With the development of Morrisons, there should be plenty of opportunities to turn around the fortunes of people and young people. "
The scheme will go before full council at its July meeting.