Jobs provision is one of the key points in the Torbay local plan. The view for the whole of the Bay over the next 20 years aims to create 600 jobs, 9,000 new homes, revitalise town centres, major investment in Brixham harbour and other Bay harbours and tourism industry, funding for flood protection, better access to sport and recreation and protecting the environment.
Specifically for Brixham, the plan promotes development of the ‘peninsula’ as it is called as a ‘resilient maritime town’ with high levels of employment, new holiday and retail provision and a vibrant harbourside.
It looks to create mixed use regeneration of the town centre, harbour and waterfront areas to provide a range of retail, employment, leisure and residential facilities.
It states ‘This will sustain its role as a vibrant maritime resort, support and develop traditional industries, diversify its economic base and make the most of its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”
Oxen Cove and and Freshwater in Brixham are two of the key sites earmarked for employment with the focus being on high value jobs in sectors such as tourism, advanced electronics, medical and healthcare and food production.
Among the projects supported in the new plan is the creation of a Northern Arm Breakwater for Brixham.
The Proposed Submission Version of the new Torbay Local Plan is published for consultation from 9.00am Monday 24 February to 9.00am Monday 7 April 2014. This is a formal stage of the consultation process and representations must be received by 9.00am on Monday 7 April 2014 in order for them to be taken into account. Comments can be made via the Online Consultation Portal or using the Representation Form here.
Mayor Gordon Oliver said: ” The local plan will help create the landscape for success that Torbay aspires to as a thriving business and Tourism destination. It’s important that everyone who has a stake in the furute of the Bay is aware of our plans and takes part in shaping Torbay through consultation. I look forward to working with our partners in the public and private sector to deliver economic prosperity and a sustainable future for Torbay its residents and business community.”
The plan is available to be viewed at Brixham library as well as the connections office and online at www.torbay.go.uk/newlocalplan.
Story by Ellen Gindley, Brightwell Communications/Brixham News
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