£10m Investment Confirmed For Torbay Business Park

£10m Investment Confirmed For Torbay Business Park

By Sofy Robertson

Councillors have approved a £10m investment to build a new business park in Torbay which will create up to 350 new jobs.

Plans were approved for a new junction, access roads and industrial building, with outline permission for another unit, on wasteland alongside Brixham Road at Claylands Cross, Paignton.

Torbay Council’s development control committee met on Monday to back the scheme at the former waste-handling site. The decision followed projections that the business park would eventually add around £13m a year to the local economy.

Councillors welcomed the opportunity of new jobs and investment at the site which is identified in the Torbay Local Plan for employment.

Concerns were raised about the impact of construction work on residents, including potential traffic disruption on the major Torbay link road which has already undergone two years of roadworks.

The development site of twelve acres is currently scrub and woodland, bordered on the west by the A3052 Brixham Road, Tweenaways junction and the Morrisons store to the north, Paignton Zoo to the east and a play area and homes to the south. A new junction with access roads will be created opposite Borough Road.

Torbay Development Agency is developing the site on behalf of the council and work could start as early as February.

The first building will cover an area of more than 5,500 metres, which is roughly the size of an average football pitch. Councillors have also granted outline permission for a second, slightly smaller building on the east of the site.

Alan Denby, director of economic strategy for Torbay Development Agency, explained that there was an increasing demand for employment space in Torbay, which showed a growing confidence from businesses wanting to invest in the area:

“There is a growing confidence and a growing need for space for businesses that want to come into Torbay.” (Radio Exe)

Conservative Councillor Chris Lewis welcomed the investment and the potential for new employment, saying:

“At long last we are actually getting somewhere.”

Independent councillor Mike Morey expressed his concern about the potential traffic disruption and congestion the new development could cause, saying he already avoided the stretch between Tweenaway Cross and Windy Corner. He asked for assurance that a new junction would not cause a problem.

Councillors were assured that work was ongoing to find the best solution for the junction in order to avoid further disruption.

Conservative Councillor Jane Barnby said local residents had been coping with “dirt and dust” for two years and it seemed there was to be more on the way. However, she expressed her view that it would be worthwhile in the long run for the jobs and opportunities that would be available for local people when the development is completed.

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