Urban Design Advice

Urban Design Advice

Torbay, Devon

Torbay Council has appointed LGA to provide design advice on the quality of proposed developments on the English Riviera, securing high-quality placemaking in the designated UNESCO Global Geopark.

Torbay Council has appointed LGA to provide urban design advice on proposed new developments on the English Riviera, with the aim of securing outstanding placemaking and architecture. Our role involves appraising proposals on developments of all sizes in Torbay, ensuring that upcoming designs befit the stunning surroundings of the English Riviera, helping the area to maintain its reputation as a choice holiday destination, and enhancing its economic and environmental sustainability.


The south Devon borough of Torbay encompasses the entire English Riviera, which was designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2007 – one of 127 in the world. The area’s rolling hills and 22-mile coastline attract three million visitors a year.


Torbay is currently undergoing development following the opening of the South Devon Highway, major foreign and homegrown investment in hotel and leisure, growth of the area’s hi-tech industry and other built environment developments funded through Torbay Council’s Capital Programme. These include a £130m, 10-year Town Centre Regeneration Programme across Torquay, Paignton and Brixham that will develop existing and new commercial, residential, cultural and civic schemes and public realm.




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