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Views sought on business hub to regenerate Devon resort

Torquay Harbour
It is hoped that a business hub would attract new investors to Torbay

A public consultation is under way over £6.8m plans to create a business hub in Torbay to attract investors and up to 1,000 new jobs.

The idea behind the initiative is to regenerate the resort's centre.

The Torbay Business Hub is part of the Castle Circus Regeneration Project to bring council services under one roof, cut expenditure and improve the resort.

Plans for the hub can be discussed and viewed at a public event at Torquay Town Hall on the afternoon of 2 March.

Torbay Development Agency, the regeneration arm of Torbay Council, is behind the initiative which includes proposals for new office space and car parking.

Torbay Councillor Chris Lewis said the creation of a business hub would help speed up regeneration of the whole resort.

"There haven't been any major private sector initiatives in the town centre in the last 20 years and this project will act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the bay," he said.

"We now want to consult with the public on the plans for business hub to enable residents and local businesses to influence the final project."

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