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                     NEWS RELEASE
PR 2236
                                                                                        22 July 2009

For Immediate Release

           Moves on preferred developer for Oldway Mansion
A recommendation to select Urban Splash (Oldway) Ltd as the preferred developer for
Oldway Mansion will be considered at Tuesday's (28 July) meeting of Torbay Council's
Cabinet.


If the recommendation is approved by Mayor Nick Bye at the meeting, the grade two listed
building will be transferred on a long lease to the company to reduce costs, improve
organisational efficiency and improve service delivery.


Urban Splash will be given a up to a year's exclusivity to bring forward a planning
application for approval and to enter into a conditional contract to undertake the proposed
scheme.


The move aims to safeguard the future of Oldway Mansion as well as maintain and
improve public access to the grounds wherever possible.


The ongoing maintenance of Oldway is putting considerable pressure on the authority's
revenue budget and the condition of the building is deteriorating. It is no longer fit for
purpose as an office building and the relocation of staff through 'The Hub' project will
enable Children's Services to move to Torquay into better and more accessible offices,
improving the efficiency of service delivery.


Oldway Mansion will be restored at the expense of the developer. It plans to use the
mansion and key ancillary buildings as a 'boutique hotel', but the register office function


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and a museum will be retained. The indoor bowls facility will either be retained or relocated
at the cost of the project. People receiving health care in the Fernham Day Centre will
benefit from the proposed development of a Healthy Living Centre at Clennon Valley.


Residential use, including affordable housing, will also be sympathetically introduced into
the scheme, but the developer will have to complete the restoration elements before the
title to the housing land is transferred.


Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Chris Lewis, said:
"Identifying a preferred developer for this scheme is an important step forward and it
follows months of planning and hard work.


"We have already carried out extensive consultation with members of the public throughout
the developer selection process, and other important stakeholders are fully behind the
recommended selection of this experienced company as the preferred developer. I think it
was vital that people living in Torbay have had the opportunity to have their say on the
future of this historic building, and we will be conducting further pre-application public
consultations when the scheme design has been developed.


"We want to make sure the long term future of Oldway Mansion is secure for future
generations and that it remains a place local people can visit and enjoy."


The Cabinet meeting will be held in Torquay Town Hall on Tuesday at 5pm. Members of
the public who wish to speak on any agenda item, or take part in the Any Questions?-style
session starting at 4.30pm, is invited to contact Teresa Buckley in Democratic Services on
01803 207013 or email her at teresa.buckley@torbay.gov.uk before 4pm on Monday.


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For further information please contact: Michelle Pierce , Communications Officer on
01803 208850.




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