TAAG Future – important message
Some quotes collected at TAAG on consultation day:-
TAAG is an opportunity to develop artistic practise and a brilliant social hub.
music and learning collide in a glorious mix of creative spirit.
Dear supporter of TAAG
Our Arts and Community Centre in Northumberland Place Teignmouth has for the past 5 plus years provided a centre for local artists, workshops and community activities.
As you are aware we have done this in a building that all our volunteers have spent considerable time and resource in improving and maintaining.
Teignbridge District Council are currently consulting on a Local Development Order with a view to redeveloping the Brunswick Street area including part of the building currently occupied by TAAG.
The Local Development Consultation for Brunswick Street started on 4th September and continues until 16th October. Public can see plans at Methodist Hall on 30th September 2-8pm.
The TAAG Centre is not protected in this development and we are concerned that this could lead to the redevelopment of the building and subsequent closure of TAAG which we feel will lose a very valuable resource used by so many people.
Please read what has been written then look at the images they have used – these are outdated and do not reflect what we have all done to improve the building. We have pointed this out to Teignbridge and sent up to date photos which they appear to be ignoring thus showing non-representational picture to residents.
You can check out this information at TAAG any day between 10am and 5pm and we hope that you will then be able to support our request for a new 25 year lease which will enable us to develop the building and provide an even better arts and community service in the future.
The best way to show your support is to go to the Teignbridge Council website at
Then click on the Start Survey button
TAAG fully supports The Brunswick Street Development but not the loss of the Arts and Community Centre in the process and hope that you agree with us and are willing to tell Teignbridge this in the survey.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Liz, Roger, Julia
LDO = Local Development Order –
is a simple tool to allow a Local Planning Authority to introduce new permitted development rights. They are flexible and consistent with local determination, and are part of a move to remove bureaucracy and redefine the issues where planning really makes a contribution to the local area.
TAAG Guidance Notes for LDO survey
Please read these notes and use them when answering the Teignbridge District Council survey
Question 1 – Personal details –
Q2a – 1.2 states LDO’s are decided locally – TAAG has very strong, local following that is not evident in LDO doc.
Q2b – Brunswick Street site
From page 3 Description of Area and development considerations. Note TAAG is not mentioned in description but:
The former garage premises in the northern section provide a frontage to Brunswick Street and also a secondary retail frontage to Northumberland Place
2.5 The Council and its partners have assembled comprehensive site information for the Brunswick Street site in order to provide developers with a
detailed understanding of the site and to assist them in devising their proposals.
Statement of reason
Q2c – Page 6 (3.1) – This should mention Teignmouth Arts and Community Centre (TAAG ) as it is existing and already responsible for regeneration of the area
Q2d – Local Development Order page
Pages7-9 Lists types of development – See below question Q2f LDO Site Boundary (Schedule 1) See page 6 of report – includes TAAG and shops on
Northumberland place up to George Street
Q2e – Page 10
Swanson’s garage site consists of two areas. Derelict site on Brunswick Street (Swanson’s Garage workshops) constructed of rotting timber and corrugated
iron suitable for demolition and TAAG (formerly Swanson’s garage showrooms), which is conventionally built in a conservation area and suitable for renovation.
The site plan is deceptive as it looks like a through site. The boundary wall for TAAG should be included as for other buildings. Pages in the Contamination and
Geotechnical report, which will be read by people not familiar with the site, uses images from more than 6 years ago that are not truly representing the current
condition of TAAG.
Q2f – Description of development permitted (Schedule 2)
4.4 TAAG is existing and does not need a change of use
4.12 CIL – explanation
- A mechanism for developer contributions to the community
- To contribute towards infrastructure needed to support the development of the area
- A charge per square metre of floorspace
- Not mandatory
CIL will be administered on some types of development and should be used to support TAAG
Q2 g – Prior information and requirements (Schedule 3)
Page 13 – Table information
There is no specific detail provided for the development of the TAAG site so, at the moment, it can be developed within the LDO guidelines which means it is
made available to developers. This is not particularly clear visually as the TAAG site is not included in the 3d plans in the Design Guidance Doc. This document
can also be found at http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/brunswickldo TAAG is included in the LDO planning but is not specifically named. There was positive
discussion and support for TAAGs’ inclusion at the last meeting of the Working Group, but the minutes of that meeting have not yet been published so the
comments remain unseen. This means a developer can decide on the future of the TAAG site without local guidance. Our view is that TAAG should be left out
of the LDO boundary or have protected status as it is a proven asset to the community and part of the ‘Riverbeach Arts Quarter’ initiative.
Conditions (Schedule 4)
See diagram and notes page 14
Q2h – page 14
TAAG site is already existing so doesn’t have to fulfil some of the conditions applied to the Brunswick Street part which is a new build e.g. Environment
Q2j – Do you have any general comments on the Brunswick Street LDO and Statement of Reasons?
There is no mention of TAAG being protected in the future development of Brunswick Street LDO. TAAG, inspite of its 7 years of support for the Pavilions
Development (Old Carlton Theatre), has been designed out and will not be re-housed in the new build. Consequently TAAG will be homeless if not
protected in the LDO document. Developers have to be told that TAAG is protected. Developers should not be given the power to decide if TAAG has a
Q3 – Do you have any comments on the Brunswick Street Site Capacity, Feasibility & Design Guidance?
Yes. No future plans described for TAAG site within this document which suggests it was an afterthought to include it within the boundary of the LDO.
Also no detail for alternative use discussed at working group as general opinion is that TAAG should be protected.
Only positive reference to TAAG in the documents can be found in the Design Guidance Doc. Page 40 which says;
‘Proposed land uses which complement the mix of food and drink and cultural/leisure based uses centred
around the Teignmouth Art Action Group in the northern part of Northumberland Place will be encouraged.’
PLAN A – Area currently used by TAAG
PLAN B – Proposed area for TAAG – reduced footprint but over three floors