The first phase of plans to the multi-million pound regeneration plans for Newton Abbot town centre have been approved.
Teignbridge Council had previously backed the first phase of what could be a £30million investment in the town centre when the council approved a £2m investment in the Market Walk shopping centre which it owns.
The proposal would see Teignbridge invest the money in a refurbishment programme that will overhaul and modernise the appearance of the retail centre in the heart of the town.
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The plans include a modern set of shop fronts for Market Walk and Market Square, and a glass cover over Market Walk as well as removing the current kiosks in the centre of the shopping centre.
The council’s planning committee unanimously approved the application this morning.
Market Walk as it currently is
Backing the plans, Cllr Jackie Hook said: “I welcome these improvements to one of the key areas to our town centre and first phase of the exciting improvements.
“Market Walk does need some improvements and smartening-up as although we do have a very successful and vibrant town centre, we need to continue improving it.”
LHC Urban Design Ltd’s pictures of the proposed redevelopment of Market Walk in Newton Abbot
Cllr Robert Hayes said: “I do think that this is exactly what Newton Abbot need and I do look forward that the town will be modernised and improved.”
The Market Walk revamp would just be the first phase of the council’s plans for the centre of Newton Abbot and work is scheduled to begin February.
Artist impression of the Market Walk revamp
Backing approval, the report says: “This proposal is the first major project by the Council since the acquisition of Market Walk and is a key catalyst to the process of regenerating the town centre and bringing further inward investment. The works proposed are considered to be a significant enhancement and will modernise the shopping area and open up views towards the listed Market Hall.”
When the plans were submitted, Cllr Jeremy Christophers, leader of Teignbridge Council, said: “This is the exciting first step in our place-making plans to regenerate Newton Abbot town centre, improve the appearance and quality of Market Walk shopping centre.
Market Walk as it is now
“We’re looking to capitalise on the huge investment in the South Devon Highway and increased trade that Newton Abbot is seeing from the improved road networks but also carry out the actions we promised to make our town centres even better places for people to meet and enjoy life.”
Source: Devon live