Our Council Cabinet formally adopted a new Torbay Heritage Strategy in November 2020. At the beginning of 2020, we joined in partnership with Torbay Culture and TDA commissioned an independent heritage consultancy, Heritage Arts and People (HAP) to update the local area’s heritage strategy.

Over 800 local people engaged in this process including more than two dozen organisations and partnerships including local museums, heritage organisations, National Trust and the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. In shaping the strategy, together with Torbay Culture we have worked closely with the two national lead bodies for heritage - Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The next phase of work during early 2021 is the action planning which will be supported by the government’s Culture Recovery Fund award to Torbay Culture from the Heritage Fund.

The strategy is in two parts, with the strategy in part one and the appendix providing prioritisation and themes informed by the consultation. The purpose of the new strategy is to clarify the Council’s approach to heritage, and to enable it to develop plans for specific locations. The new documents set out statutory requirements (e.g. Listed Buildings, Conservation Area Appraisals, Scheduled Ancient Monuments and non-designated heritage assets). It is closely aligned with existing plans and strategies, including the Local Plan, Destination Management Plan, and the cultural strategy Enjoy, Talk, Do, Be. The Torbay Heritage Strategy includes objectives for managing and protecting heritage assets; it is a tool to involve and inspire key partners and stakeholders, attract visitors, support our economy, and respond to climate change, whilst recognising Torbay’s wide ranging internationally recognised heritage.’

Torbay Heritage Strategy 2021 to 2026 Part 1 Adopted
The Torbay Heritage Strategy is the result of a significant review of heritage in the Bay
Torbay Heritage Strategy 2021 to 2026 Part 2 Adopted
This part of the Torbay Heritage Strategy expands on the objectives set out in Part One.