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Find out more about our plans to restore Oldway Mansion.

Between Thursday 1 and Friday 30 June 2023, we invite you to view the proposed ideas for Oldway Mansion and Grounds where you can share your views on the ideas. Visit our Consultation Page to take part.

Oldway has been at the heart of Paignton for many years and is one of the largest and grandest Victorian buildings in the Southwest.

The much-loved community asset needs a new lease of life, and we are committed to identifying a sustainable and resilient future for the building.

Although the mansion and other buildings on the site have been empty for several years, local volunteers have worked hard to keep the gardens open to visitors and operate a popular tearoom.

Thanks to National Lottery players, we secured nearly £240,000 to run a ‘Developing a resilient future for Oldway’ project. This project will allow us to build on the community’s efforts and embark on realising a wider vision for the future of the mansion and the grounds.

The project team, which is made up of a range of heritage experts, is exploring and considering longer-term options for Oldway Mansion, the wider estate and gardens, to produce a viable detailed Masterplan and Conservation Management strategy.

In understanding how to restore, enhance and re-use Oldway, the team are not starting from scratch. Their work builds upon the Torbay Heritage Strategy 2021-2026, and the efforts of voluntary groups and previous community consultations held in 2018 as part of an options review for Oldway.

A central part of the project team’s work is engaging with and talking to stakeholders and the community about their ideas to develop a shared, sustainable, and financially viable plan. As the project evolves over the coming months, we will be sharing details of the ways you can get involved and share your views.

Using feedback and views captured over the coming months (March to June 2023) the project team will then present to us a preferred option on the best way forward for Oldway.

The ‘Developing a resilient future for Oldway’ project is due to be completed by July 2023.

In terms of funding a restoration project, options will be explored once we have an understanding of the recommendations from the project team.

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Image of the project team who are working on the ‘Developing a resilient future for Oldway’ project.

Image of the project team who are working on the ‘Developing a resilient future for Oldway’ project.

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