Proposals to regenerate a brownfield site in Newton Abbot have been approved by councillors. The land at Bradley Lane, near the centre of the town, was identified and bought up by Teignbridge District Council in 2010 as a site where regeneration could take place, reportedly including up to 170 homes.
Proposals to regenerate a brownfield site in Newton Abbot have been approved by councillors.
The land at Bradley Lane, near the centre of the town, was identified and bought up by Teignbridge District Council in 2010 as a site where regeneration could take place, reportedly including up to 170 homes.
As reported last week, a proposal was backed by the council’s executive and this week it was approved by the full council. The land is now set to be sold to a developer subject to them gaining planning consent.
Councillors debated the item in private during the meeting at Newton Abbot racecourse, excluding the press and public, due to commercial sensitivities and financial information.
However, according to a council report detailing some of the plans, the scheme will include more than the required 20 per cent affordable housing and provide greater employment opportunities, along with improved pedestrian and cycle routes and a potential for enhanced bus routes.
Before the meeting entered private discussions, Councillor Richard Keeling (Lib Dem, Chudleigh), executive member for corporate resources, said: “This proposal offers delivery on all of the council’s priorities for homes, jobs and tackling climate change. The offer also proposes a mix of property sizes to meet local needs, with smaller properties for first-time buyers and down-sizers alike.
“The affordable housing offer is more than the policy requirement in Newton Abbot. As a landowner, we have a proposal that will secure the best financial value for the taxpayer and give us a capital receipt that could be invested into future projects.
“This is a sustainable location in many ways, with easy access to the town centre, excellent walking and cycling routes. It will comply with carbon reduction targets as a minimum and will increase flood capacity with improvements to the River Lemon corridor.”
The council added in a press release: “As part of this process, the development partner will be responsible for engaging with local people over the detailed proposals, and implementing and marketing the development.”
A spokesperson for the council later said the development agreement will now be finalised and it is hoped that a planning application will be submitted before the end of the year.