Totnes is an ancient, beautiful town that is justly proud of its vibrant 14th century market. Tourists, on whom the town depends, flock to the market, as do locals who use it for their weekly shop.
It is now under threat of development. South Hams District Council says the inner footprint of the market square will remain, although they plan to build commercial units on either side of it. The flea market, all five of our main car parks and our beautiful Leechwell Gardens are also in the new Joint Local Plan.
That means this whole area has planning permission in principle. We have no further details from the council other than the suggestion that there will 70 houses and mixed development.
Where will visitors park? Where will residents park? Even without the parking issues, how would the market survive two to three years of building chaos? The answer is: it wouldn’t.
Without the draw of the market and with fewer places to park, the number of visitors and tourists coming to Totnes would greatly diminish, damaging the shops, restaurants and other businesses lining the streets, as well as destroying the beauty and character of the heart of Totnes.
Come to a campaign meeting!
Our weekly campaign meetings are held at 6.30pm every Wednesday in the Assembly Room, 7 Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DD. Please join us, find out more about what’s happening and share your thoughts and ideas.
“We need to have the central area of Totnes in the plan in order to enhance the area.”
“It’s in the 2016 Joint Plan because it was in the last one.”
“If we take the central area out of the Plan, we would have to find space for another 70 houses somewhere else.”
This roughly equates to about 4,000 new residents. Our population is only 8,000 as it stands. There is no improvement to the infrastructure planned to cope with the added pressure on our road, education, healthcare and sewage systems. It feels like Totnes is under siege.