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The Seafront

Torbay Council intends to build a seawall along the entire length of Preston and Paignton seafronts. Consultation and outreach to the community has been minimal.

This is too important a matter, impacting tourists and locals alike, for the next fifty-plus years.

We want to see proper consultation AND engagement that covers climate change, sea defences, and flooding.

As of 14 May 2021 Torbay Council has 'paused' its planning application in order to do some consultation.

Transforming Paignton Town Centre

This information derives from two Torbay Council documents: Business Case Summary and the Fit for the Future Transformation Strategy for Torbay’s Town Centres both accessed via the TDA website.

State of Play

The bid for the government's Future High Streets Fund is being used to kickstart investment and development in the Paignton town centre. The latest we have is below: PNF Briefing on 10 February 2021.

There is going to be a lot more content here as (fingers crossed) development starts to happen.


Land To The South Of White Rock Adjacent To Brixham Road AKA Inglewood

On April 26th 2021, the Planning Inspector published his decision: The appeal by the developer was allowed. The 373 houses at Inglewood can be built. The community sees this as the thin-end of the wedge. Between now and 2030, 6,000 'dwellings' must be provided. Due to land-supply issues, it is clear that the majority will be on (more) greenfield sites and/or in tower blocks.

The area known (by the planning applicants) as 'Inglewood' is an area of land outside the area covered by the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan. There is a planning application that was lodged in 2017 for the development of upto 373 houses on the land. Torbay Council has not approved planning permission. Therefore the developer has taken the step of appealing the (lack of) decision to a public inquiry held by a government Inspector.

That appeal is scheduled to last around eight days, and commences on Tuesday 12th January 2021.

It is interest to us because, to quote the Brixham Town Council submission:

It will be submitted that given the scale to which this development undermines the [Brixham] Neighbourhood Plan, were the appeal to be allowed, both the [Brixham] Neighbourhood Plan and the neighbourhood plan community engagement process in Torbay would be annulled at a stroke.

Paignton and Preston Coastal Defence Scheme

Torbay Council has asked Forum members (and the wider community) to provide feedback on the proposed “Defence Scheme” for Paignton and Preston seafronts.

We have received Forum meeting presentations from:

David Edmondson, the Assistant Director of Planning, Housing & Climate Emergency (on 29 October 2020) and Kevin Mowat, Director of Place (on 25 November 2020).

These notes are based upon those presentations, and will be updated as and when more detailed information becomes available.

The Council intends to submit a planning application in early 2021, and commence work on site around Autumn 2021.

The funding is said to not draw significantly on the Council’s existing finances.

Here is a link to a DevonLive article that shows more images and details of the proposal.


Torbay Velopark Pump Track and Cyclocross proposal

This, from Sports Development at Torbay Council:

You may have seen a recent consultation before Christmas regarding a proposal for a Cycloscross and Pump Track within Torbay Velopark to offer a broader range of cycling opportunities attracting more people to the facilities. As a key local partnership we are keen to hear your thoughts on the proposal.

Torbay Council are working with Mid Devon Cycling Club (MDCC) and Parkwood/LEX Leisure to apply to British Cycling’s Places to Ride funding and have been successful in the Stage 1 application. We are now working towards submitting further information for Stage 2. Match funding for the project is from Mid Devon Cycling Club. If we are successful in Stage 2 of the funding application and funding awarded the project will of course require planning permission and follow the relevant procedures regarding procurement, planning etc.

The Project Plan is split into two parts:

Part One

Design and build of a permanent Cyclocross Race Track to fit within and around an existing road race closed circuit, Torbay Velopark.

The features of the CX track have been designed in a way that it offers various ways of using the facility; to incorporate training for a range of different cycling disciplines as well as providing comprehensive Cyclo-Cross racing at all levels from novice to National Adult Race standards. It would in effect replace and upgrade substantially, an experimental and temporary track, which was used with amazing success to provide a national standard race circuit last year (attended by over two hundred competitors from age 8 to over 80 years).

The provision of a Cyclo Cross Race Track will draw local people into the facility where activity, training and competition will become a central feature of family life in Torbay. With so many other assets in the immediate proximity; schools and families will have the opportunity to engage in a range of different activities. The fact that the track will be open to national level competition will attract competitors from around the region and further afield; again drawing in income to the locality. This much has already been shown by the success of the trial event late last year.

Part Two

Design & build a Pump Track to fit within a 45 x 40 m area.

The track has been designed in a way that it offers a facility for predominately bicycle riders but not excluding skaters & scooter users. The aim is to produce a challenging track with a variety of options to cater to all abilities, whilst challenging experienced riders & being safe for beginners. The strategic aim is to broaden the scope and range of cycling in the local area at an off-road facility. This would attract a wider representation of the community, will be inclusive and provide opportunity for all members of families. MDCC already provide a comprehensive training programme including road/cyclo-cross/mtb.

The Pump track will provide fast and immediate thrills and competition to local riders on a daily basis. An all-weather pump track will see a regular attendance throughout the year supplemented by considerable increase during the holiday season. Schools, local colleges and voluntary support groups will be able to increase their use of the Velopark generally. The vision is of a community hub with feather flags, outdoor benches and seating areas, social interaction, refreshments and all round good fun and social inclusion.

Our [Torbay Council's] community consultation had a great response from over 700 people who were mainly in favour of the project proposal. I hope that you agree this is an exciting opportunity, please let have your comments.

Formation of Lidl Supermarket on A380 Kings Ash Road

Proposal: Formation of Lidl Supermarket with associated parking, landscaping & access works including new junction on A380 Kings Ash Road.

Address: Land West Of Kings Ash Road, Paignton, TQ3 3XF,
Applicant: Lidl Great Britain Ltd
Reference: P/2020/0921
Type: Major Planning Application
Consultant Response By: 11 November 2020

Mixed Use Development of land at White Rock, Paignton.

Mixed Use Development of land at White Rock, Paignton

Our Paignton Plan

The current Paignton Neighbourhood Plan took eight years to create. It became a legal planning policies document after overwhelming support from a referendum held in May 2019.

A lot has changed since that plan was conceived (Covid-19, austerity, and the declaration of a climate emergency, to name a few).

The plan is in need of an update. That process has commenced as of November 2020.

Here's the Our Paignton Plan map.

Our Neighbourhood Plan

The day finally arrived on 2nd May 2019 when registered voters in Paignton voted 'Yes' to the Neighbourhood Plan produced by the Forum of more than 400 residents from all parts of Paignton.

Briefly, the Localism Act of 2011 gave our community the right to produce a statutory plan that sets out how the community wish to see Paignton develop to 2030.  It is a development plan produced by our community itself, not the Council, and has been independently assessed by an Examiner jointly appointed by the Forum and Torbay Council.

On the same day, a 'Yes' vote was also received for Neighbourhood Plans similarly produced by the adjacent communities in Torquay and Brixham. In all 30,011 voters in total said yes to the 3 Neighbourhood Plans - the largest support ever given for plans to guide the future development of Torbay. All three Neighbourhood Plans define the areas of Local Green Space that must be protected from development because of their importance to the community served - there are 53 such designated sites across the five parts of Paignton.  The Plan also contains formal policies which support future development proposals provided they achieve sustainable development that takes properly into account the full range of economic, social and environmental needs.

The Paignton Neighbourhood Plan has four key aims our community has said it wishes to see achieved:

1) Make more of the tourism and retail offer;

2) Improve points of arrival and connection;

3) Protect local identity;

4) Ensure there is balanced development – which means ensuring housing growth is matched with job growth.

More than 43,000 residents live in Paignton and prior to approval the Independent Examiner held a Hearing in public on the content of the Plan and in her Report concluded the consultation process was robust, well conducted and recorded., which included leaflet information sent to every household in Paignton.

The Neighbourhood Plan was approved by Referendum on 2 May 2019 and 'adopted' by Torbay Council as the Local Planning Authority on 19 June 2019.

Quick Reference Guide to the Aims, Objectives and Policy content can be viewed her:

Quick access to Appendix 4 showing the Notation key, Policies map and designated Local Green Space sites (pages 108 to 111) can be viewed below:

Background information about how the Plan evolved is available to view under the menu heading of 'Previous Stages' How can I join the Forum or find out more ?

If you would like to be involved in the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan Forum or find out more, please contact us.

The Crossways Shopping Centre Hyde Road Paignton TQ4 5BL

Redevelopment of redundant shopping centre comprising: Five storey sheltered scheme block of 13 flats, commercial and associated ancillary space. Seven storey extra care scheme of 76 flats, commercial, communal and associated ancillary space.

Great Parks 2 – A Masterplan Gone (Going) Horribly Wrong

Warning: This analysis started off being written in a factual manner. As time wore on it suffered from cynicism and then anger (yes, really).

This is a story of something that could have been (indeed, still could be) a housing development that lives up to its own publicity but instead is on track to be a sell out. A sell out to the very concept of "master planning" and resident consultation.

It typifies why people have lost faith in both the planning process and the councils that oversee planning that process.

Let's start at the beginning: In 2013, Torbay Council engaged in a public consultation to develop a masterplan for an area of land located on the western boundary of Torbay (in fact, the town of Paignton, that is one of three towns that comprise the planning authority that is Torbay; the others being Torquay and Brixham).

Being on the western boundary, and high up a hill, is important because the development can be sold as having views of the green valley to the west, and sea views to the east. A great place to live, as marketing hype likes to say.

The consultation resulted in a 90-page informative document: “Paignton Great Parks Enquiry-by-Design Masterplan Report”. The report is classified as “Supplementary Planning Guidance” so it carries a lot of weight. Or, at least, it should.


The overall aims for the masterplan are to secure:

- A co-ordinated and sustainable phase 2 development

- Greater certainty on the location, style, scale of development, access and infrastructure arrangements;


Here we illustrate how the Masterplan (and wishes of the residents) is being ripped apart. The best way to do this is to work through the Masterplan by doing a before and after visual comparison. It then becomes (painfully) obvious.

The issue is this: A carefully designed and consulted plan for a community housing development has an over-sized, out-of-character, supermarket (and carpark) transplanted onto its most important location, destroying the basic premise of the entire development!

Firstly, the boundaries of the site. The supermarket is shown by a black-rectangle overlay. It has a large carpark as well as the building; and we all know how visually appealing carparks are.

Call for Sites

Call for sites, 1 October 2020 to 30 April 2021

The Paignton Neighbourhood Plan (PNP), adopted last year, is being reviewed and refreshed at this time. We are currently undertaking a call for sites where we are asking local land owners to put their sites forward for potential allocation for development in the PNP. Site allocation can offer many benefits to land owners and developers: an allocated site will have a streamlined planning process and should offer lower risk than an unallocated site.

The Paignton Neighbourhood Forum (PNF) will be gathering evidence on local housing need in the coming months. This criteria will be used by the Steering Group to assess the opportunities that individual sites may provide to meet local housing need. Sites that offer opportunities to improve Paignton, in line with the priorities and policies of the community, as presented in the Plan will be particularly important to the PNP and the PNF will seek to work closely with landowners to agree a comprehensive approach to site redevelopment.

We are also considering commercial land. If a case can be made that commercial sites are deliverable, the PNP may allocate sites to promote local employment.

In both cases, we especially welcome brownfield sites to enable needed development to occur without depleting our limited green spaces.

The assessment criteria are being developed at this time.

Note: If you have previously notified us of your site, we would appreciate it if you could fill in the form to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information. 

If you would like to put a site forward for possible allocation, you will need to fill in an application form, which can be completed online here. Please complete one form per site.

If you have further questions, please email

Alternatively, write to us: Paignton Neighbourhood Plan, c/o Catherine Fritz, 66 Fisher St, Paignton, TQ4 5ES

Paignton Neighbourhood Plan - Policies

A Neighbourhood Development Plan to 2030.

These are the policies from the plan.


Photographs from Paignton

Creating the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan

Preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan has involved the following key Stages.

  • Stage 1 SWOTs - gathered views of our community at the start
  • Stage 2 Views - to verify the key areas identified from Stage 1
  • Stage 3 Draft Plan - for input from every household and business in Paignton
  • Consultation Draft - produced for Pre-Submission consultation (Regulation 14)
  • The Submitted Plan - as submitted to Torbay Council (Regulation 15 & 16)
  • The Examination - by independent examination (Regulation 17 & 18)
  • Referendum Result - of vote held on 2 May 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a new type of plan which will focus on very local areas, to be produced by communities with Parish and Town Councils, with the assistance of the Council. Policies included in neighbourhood plans are related to the use of land in the area, or to spatial matters (i.e., aspects that affect how a place works). When adopted, they form part of the overall development plan for Torbay and be used to consider all planning applications in that area, in the context of the Torbay Core Strategy.


What does a Neighbourhood Plan do?

A Neighbourhood Plan gives local people a chance to create a planning document that guides and shapes development in their local area, and to influence what facilities are provided in the area as a result.


What's the legal basis for a Neighbourhood Plan?

A new planning system was introduced through the Government's Localism Act (2011), which devolves greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods.  A key element of this includes Neighbourhood Planning and the opportunity for local communities to draw up ideas for development at the local level, in the form of Neighbourhood Plans that now forms part of the Development Plan for Torbay. From 15th November 2011, the Bill is an Act of Parliament.


How was the Neighbourhood Plan developed?

Community Partnerships and Torbay Council agreed that three Neighbourhood Plans would be prepared for Torbay, one each for Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Torbay Council was successful in a bid (2011) to take part in the Neighbourhood Planning Front Runners Scheme, to secure £20,000 in funding from central government to help create a Neighbourhood Plan for Brixham. Subsequent bids for the Torquay and Paignton Neighbourhood Forums were also successful, with the fifth wave of frontrunners announced in March 2012.
The Paignton Community Partnerships and Ward Councillors agreed to join in producing an interim Neighbourhood Forum for Paignton. Our Neighbourhood Plan forms a significant part of the basis for deciding planning applications in our area, specifically covering Paignton town and the related communities in the surrounding areas. It now forms part of the overall development plan alongside the Torbay Local Plan.
The Neighbourhood Plan Forum (NPF) inaugural meeting was held on 13 October 2011 which elected David Watts as Chairman, and Dean Auton as Vice Chair. The minutes of the inaugural and subsequent meetings of the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan Forum are available online.


Who is currently on the Paignton Neighbourhood Forum?

The Paignton Neighbourhood Forum includes hundreds of members from all walks of life: residents, workers, ward councillors, representatives from Community Partnerships, to name but a few.


What area is covered by the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan?

The Paignton Neighbourhood Plan area is shown here.

Paignton Neighbourhood Plan Area


How do I join the Forum or find out more?

If you would like to be involved in the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan and have your views heard, contact us, email, or register here. Membership is free.


Can a Neighbourhood Plan be used to stop development?

No - a Neighbourhood Plan can guide development to be more appropriate to local context and help decide where it goes, but the government has made it clear that it is not a tool to be used to stop development. Having said that, the Council is legally obliged to take the plan's policies into account when deciding upon planning applications.


Will Neighbourhood Plans allocate land?

This will depend on how the community want to progress their plan but the plan is able to allocate land if required.


What is the timeframe?

It is expected that the creation of Neighbourhood Plans will take approximately two years from start to finish.


Is the Council still progressing a Core Strategy or just Neighbourhood Plans?

The Council is still progressing with the Core Strategy which will span the whole of Torbay and contain overarching Strategic Policies and Development Management Polices. Neighbourhood plans are able to develop in tandem with the Core Strategy.


If we have a Neighbourhood Plan does this mean that we don't have to use the Local Plan or Core Strategy?

No - the local Plan remains part of the development plan and will continue to be used to determine planning applications until superseded by the Core Strategy. Neighbourhood Plans will form a new tier of planning at a very local level. They need to conform to the overarching adopted Core Strategy for Torbay but will form part of the development plan for their area.


Which carries more planning weight: a Neighbourhood Plan or the Torbay Local Plan?

The weight (importance) that is attached to a particular policy can only be decided when considering a specific proposal. At a general level, when adopted, Neighbourhood Plans and the Local Plan or Adopted Core Strategy should complement each other. Planning decisions will be based primarily around policies in adopted Neighbourhood Plans and the Local Plan/Core Strategy.


I'm a developer - do I have to use Neighbourhood Plans when putting in planning applications?

Yes - planning applications will need to have regard to all relevant policy.


How does a Neighbourhood Plan get adopted as planning policy?

To get adopted, the plan will be subject to approval by the Council, then an independent examination, and be subject to a local referendum gaining at least a 50 percent level of support.