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Salcombe projects could keep the town sustainable and viable for years to come

9 March 2021

Salcombe estuary and town

South Hams District Council is seeking approval to continue with the delivery of two projects in Salcombe, both of which will help the town to remain a sustainable and viable coastal community for years to come.

The Council is presenting information regarding the construction of five new commercial units, to create and support local jobs. A new workshop will ensure that the Salcombe Harbour Authority can continue to deliver first class customer service.

South Hams District Council is looking to construct five new commercial units in Batson Creek, in an effort to create jobs and support local enterprise. The project will begin to address these existing issues which are holding back the productivity of small and medium enterprises and is therefore vital in enabling the area to diversify and continue to thrive as a marine hub.

The Salcombe Harbour team is to receive a big boost of its own, with a new modern, purpose built facility to replace the older outdated facility located on Island Street. The project will ensure the authority can undertake its operational duties in a safe and efficient manner and future the use of wider vessels to meet tightening restrictions. 

Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council and Ward Member for Salcombe and Thurlestone, said: "Ever since the employment unit project was first mooted, I have been behind the project, in the hopes of providing much needed extra employment space in Salcombe. It's really good news at last that the project is moving forward."

Cllr Mark Long, Ward Member for Salcombe and Thurlestone, said: "The provision of new employment units has been talked about for a long time. At last we have the opportunity to provide sustainable and affordable workspace for small local businesses. These are essential to keep our small businesses operating in town, allow them to grow and provide employment where it is needed. The project timing will help the surrounding area to help move on from the impact of Covid."

Much of the interest in the new industrial units has come from local marine services and commercial operators on the estuary. These businesses are crucial in keeping Salcombe Harbour safe, fun and functioning each season.

The units would cost in excess of £1 million to construct. They would be sited close to the Creek Car Park, where the boats are stored each winter, away from the constraints of Island Street. Each unit would have its own parking and loading area, but space would remain for trailer parking during the summer. The existing recycling bank and oil disposal point would be relocated as part of the plans, but would remain close by.

If given the go ahead, the new harbour team workshop would have a large service area, incorporating an integrated hoist system and sufficient space to service the boats inside, which would prove crucially important in the winter. The building would include changing and mess rooms, as well as office and meeting space. It would have a 30m² solar array on the roof which should provide the power requirements for its operation when the sun shines.

The Council's Executive Committee will discuss the plans on Thursday, 11 March, with the likely outcome being to recommend the approval of both plans to the full Council. You can watch the meeting live from 3 p.m. on the Council's Facebook page.

To find out more about the individual applications, visit the South Hams Planning Portal and search for 1505/19/FUL for the industrial units application and 1522/19/FUL for the new harbour workshop.

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