Sustaining the local tourism industry and activities that support it, such as marine and land- based leisure is the highest priority. The plan supports a vibrant high street with independent shops and mechanisms to attract people to the town, such as lower parking charges, free toilets, and more regular events and markets. Promotion of more employment opportunities within Kingsbridge and West Alvington that reduce the need for commuting, provide opportunities for young people, and increase household incomes. Support for knowledge-based businesses, flexible office space that aids expanding and start-up businesses. Heavier industrial uses should be limited in the town and villages and must be compatible with the transport infrastructure and surrounding residential neighbourhoods. Support for rural and sustainable farming related businesses. Promote links to training providers, colleges and universities. No additional business development is supported in Churchstow.
KWAC Em1 Additional employment land and safeguarding of existing employment uses; retention of existing employment sites is supported unless other suitable sites are found that are more compatible with the existing transport infrastructure and surrounding residential neighbourhoods. Changes of use resulting in the loss of employment land will generally not be supported.
Where the loss of an employment related site is justified as no longer viable the applicant must demonstrate through an independent assessment that the vacant unit has been actively marketed and offered at a reasonable sale price (comparable with valuations achieved elsewhere in the District) for a minimum period of 2 years.
KWAC Em2 The regeneration and intensification of employment sites at Lower Union Road and Orchard Industrial Estate. At Lower Union Road ancillary retail and residential uses as part of live work or small infill developments will be permitted providing the employment uses are not compromised. In mixed use developments only B1 employment uses will be permitted.
In order to consider improvements on a comprehensive basis rather than piecemeal development a development brief for the regeneration of Lower Union Road and the adjacent Western Backway has been prepared and will be included in the plan. All development in the area should respect and respond to this brief.
KWAC Em3 Support for the central shopping area of Kingsbridge; this plan supports sustaining the existing level of retail uses in the central shopping area. This policy develops and expands JLP Policy Dev 18.4 and the encouragement of User Class A1 and limits on non-shopping uses (A2 and A3) at ground level. The 40% of the overall number of units being in non-Class A1 uses stated in Dev18.4 for Kingsbridge should be considered a maximum and should be significantly lower in line with current usage. At upper levels of the central shopping area this plan supports development of flats over shops in vacant or under-used accommodation. Ancillary uses will be permitted providing they do not undermine the shopping and historic characteristics of Fore Street and the central shopping area. The amenity of existing uses should not be compromised with new development through noise, smells and congestion on pavements. This plan supports all measures to enhance the central shopping area by attracting funding and town centre regeneration initiatives.
A development brief for Kingsbridge Central Shopping Area has been prepared and will included in the Plan. All development in the area should respect and respond to this brief.
Where the loss of a retail related site is justified as no longer viable the applicant must demonstrate through an independent assessment that the vacant unit has been actively marketed and offered at a reasonable sale price (comparable with valuations achieved elsewhere in the District) for a minimum period of 2 years.
KWAC Em4 Mixed use employment; including living over the shop, and live work. A combination of employment and living accommodation is supported providing;
- the development is in keeping with the scale of the surrounding residential area and other businesses;
- the new use will not have any detrimental impact on local residential amenities;
- significant amounts of traffic and a need for parking will not be generated that cannot be adequately catered for by the existing infrastructure locally;
- The proposal will not have a harmful visual impact on either the village, town or the adjacent open countryside.
Mixed use is defined as development of sufficient size to accommodate a genuine business use and any residential accommodation is ancillary to that use.
KWAC Em5 Support for new hotel development; within existing and new sites providing there is no adverse effect on the AONB and the character of the villages and town.
The sites considered suitable for hotel development include:
- The former Kings Arms, Fore Street as part of a mixed use development;
- The quayside
KWAC Em6 Promotion of innovative tourism businesses; will be supported. Activities include glamping, camping, lodge and camping barns that link to the SW Coastal Path and cycle routes, supporting sustainable means of transport and have no adverse effect on the AONB.
KWAC Em7 Support for training links; for the hospitality, farming, and rural employment sectors. Opportunities for the development of employment uses that promote hospitality, local traditional and rural skills and safeguarding these for future generations will be encouraged.
Development proposals in the hospitality, tourism, rural construction and agriculture sectors will be supported where they provide training facilities to improve the knowledge and skills of local people. Development proposals that establish training links with the South West’s universities and further/higher education facilities will also be supported.