Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council are calling for a reset in the way the developer of the Pavilion engages with the local community. This follows the refusal of the current planning application earlier this week.
Cllr Nick Pentney, who won a landslide by-election in the Tormohun ward three years ago on a platform of stopping over-development around the Pavilion site, said: “It has been very frustrating that it has taken from August to February for the Council to come to a decision over this application so that things can move on. We also find it disappointing that some local organisations are talking down Torquay. We should be using the current state of affairs as an opportunity for the developer to re-engage at an early stage with the community so there is a real opening to influence the final proposals for the harbourside in Torquay.
"We have already met with officers and pushed for early engagement with the community. With the Fragrance Group pressing ahead with their exciting proposals to bring a five star hotel back to the Bay, we anticipate the developer coming forward with proposals in the next few months. Success breeds success, and we need to ensure that such organisations as the local Community Partnership and Friends of Cary Green are in the room for early discussions.”