£1million grants to give Bay new housing boost

Joseph Bulmer

Over £1million of funding has been secured to give Torbay a much-needed new housing boost.

TDA on behalf of Torbay Council, submitted a successful application to the Government’s Brownfield Land Release Fund to develop surplus land at both Torre Marine in Torquay and Brixham Town Centre.

The BLRF programme supports local authorities to bring forward surplus land for housing in addition to creating better places through a more effective and efficient use of public assets.
Brixham has secured £675,000 to initiate plans to redevelop its town centre car park. The funding will provide upfront capital to address viability issues.

Since demolition of the multi-storey car park in 2004, various schemes have been considered so that the site can deliver more for the town. It is hoped that this funding can overcome these concerns and plans to deliver a scheme that will see up to 70 residential units with no loss of parking.

The project will address the aspirations of residents by bringing forward more affordable housing.

Building work is hoped to start in early 2023 and be completed.

The site at Torre Marine, Torquay, has secured £415,000 to carry out groundworks. Torre Marine has been the subject of various planning consents over the years, but, none have delivered due to viability difficulties. The funding will be used to try to overcome these difficulties, making way for a scheme to build 78 Assisted Living care units. These units would be maintained and managed by a registered provider.
If building work is approved, Tor Vista, Torbay Council’s housing company will manage the project and expects the works to complete during 2022/2023.
Torbay Council leader Steve Darling said "The lack of housing supply has created a housing crisis in Torbay, therefore a project to accelerate the building of new housing is great news for our residents and local community”.
Both redevelopment projects are aligned with Heart of the South-West’s Build Back Better response to Covid and are in-line with Torbay Councils plans to increase spend with local businesses.
Council deputy leader Darren Cowell said; “Over the last 18-months many of us supported businesses on our doorstep and as a council we now get to do the same via SupplyDevon."