Levelling up regeneration programme for Torbay

Torbay has been announced as the latest area to participate in a levelling up regeneration programme.

A £20 million Levelling Up Partnership is planned to 'turbo-charge regeneration and boost opportunities' across Torquay, Paignton and Brixham to ensure they can thrive.

There will be funding to convert disused holiday accommodation into permanent homes for residents to tackle local housing issues; start the refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Oldway Mansion to help transform it into a significant visitor attraction; and improve the area through new lighting, trees and signage as part of Paignton and Preston sea defences.

The first levelling up partnership was announced for Torbay last week.

Levelling Up Minister Jacob Young said: “Torbay is at the heart of our levelling up agenda, and I have been delighted to work with local leaders to develop this partnership to ensure it delivers for people.

“The investment will provide a major levelling up boost to the area including by providing more homes for local people helping bring the historic Oldway Mansion back to its former glory and deliver the brighter bay residents deserve.”

Cllr David Thomas, Leader of Torbay Council said: “Here in Torbay we are at the beginning of a once in a generation transformation journey. Our focus is on making the most of our marine and natural environment alongside the heritage that has shaped the English Riviera. We will be doing this through regeneration, delivering meaningful improvements, benefiting those who live, work and visit the Bay.

“Hearing that we have secured this Levelling Up Partnership funding is fantastic news. This funding, along with other funding already secured, will really give us the opportunity to drive forward a range of projects that will have an impact on all three of our towns of the Bay - Brixham, Paignton and Torquay.”

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