At the forthcoming Full Council Meeting on 18th July, a report will be discussed regarding the proposed disposal of land at Collaton St Mary and Preston Down Road in Paignton, which will unlock the opportunity of more affordable homes in Paignton.
This proposed decision follows the Council being awarded over £3 million by the Government in the form of a Land Release Fund grant. This award was accepted in March 2018 during the last Council administration, but was agreed cross-party. The decision being brought forward to the meeting could have been made before the local elections, but the last administration decided not to do this.
The disposal of the land is to be done by entering into a development agreement with a private sector partner. This will ensure that the Council will have full control of the housing schemes, including the quality, design and sustainability of the housing and ensure that the maximum amount of affordable housing is brought forward. This is particularly important to the new administration running Torbay Council, as it is committed to bringing forward more affordable housing to meet the needs of local residents.
Commenting on the proposal, Councillor Swithin Long (Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration) said, “The Liberal Democrats stood on a platform during the recent local elections committed to more affordable housing in Torbay to meet the needs of the 1,100 people on the waiting list, and our Independent Partners are also in agreement. Agreeing to find a private sector partner to develop this land will enable the Council to bring forward more quality affordable homes. Not agreeing to this proposal could mean having to hand the money back to the Government with all the negative consequences that could flow from that.”