Economy

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Paul Reach -Co-Chair
James Cocker Co-Chair
  • James Cocker – Co-Chairman
  • Paul ReachCo-Chairman
  • Laura Campbell
  • Tom Butcher
  • Karen Perrow

The economic health of Dartmouth is dependent on easy access, parking and other environmental factors .

this section will concentrate on how future planning decisions could impact on the economic health of the town.

Initially we performed an analysis of the survey carried out by the Town Council:

From this analysis to prepare a list of planning areas that the group believe could influence the economic welfare of the town. This assessment to look at retail, tourism, non-tourist and employment aspects of the economy in preparation for further discussions with key stakeholders.

Once these key areas of concern have been agreed we would then consider submitting proposals compiled by the group for further consultation with the community, both resident and business.

List of areas of planning concern for the economic development of Dartmouth

These are the main areas extracted from the survey for consideration:

  1. Parking – although there is a separate group considering the parking needs of the town we feel that its considerable impact on the town’s economy is a consideration. We accept that some compromises will be necessary to retain the quality of the town’s environment at the same time as easing the parking problem.
  2. Heritage – The history of Dartmouth plays a major role in its appeal to tourists from home or abroad. Our planning decisions should seek to preserve our heritage in the best way we can.
  3. Signage – The nature of our streets (network of small lanes) makes it necessary to have good signage throughout the town to ensure visitors can appreciate the full essence of the town.
  4. Community needs. Planning approval of retail sites should consider the needs of residents and should aim to widen the range of retail offer when granting permission for new businesses or change of use for instance. Perhaps a defined proportion of retail businesses should be for local services.
  5. Coronation Park – This is an amenity that can play a big role in Dartmouths future. We should actively encourage its use for regular events which are professionally run and do not have a negative impact on our environment
  6. Access – Road access to Dartmouth needs some limited improvement. We should prioritise pinch points on the access roads to Dartmouth in areas such as Norton Park for instance. Easy access to Town from Norton Park should be resolved.
  7. Digital infrastructure – Town-wide wi-fi/broadband capability to a high standard is an attractive proposition for startup businesses. We will seek to ensure our digital performance complies with the best standards for businesses.
  8. Business incubation – The provision of space and support for start-up businesses whenever possible. Coupled with an agreement on the nature of non-tourist sectors we wish to encourage into the town i.e. Service industry, Technology companies etc. ( Budgeted promotion of the town as a business location)
  9. West Dart commercial – Priority should be placed on developing appropriate commercial sites in the planned West Dart development. With possible emphasis on knowledge based service industries where our lifestyle is attractive and our difficult logistics are not a problem
  10. Value of the riverside – Our riverside location has tremendous value but is underutilised. Street cafes and events on the embankment are an example of how many towns exploit their location. This should be a consideration in Dartmouth’s future planning.
  11. Pedestrianisation – During the closure of some streets after the Lower street fire many people appreciated the advantage of pedestrianised areas in the retail space. Environmentally beneficial and much nicer places to wander and enjoy, this should be considered during the consultation that follows this stage of the process.(assuming the negative effect on parking can be mitigated)
  12. Town Management – Support for the promotion and Marketing of the town including the DVC. Extension of the facilities to include the Newcomen Engine and the Mayflower 400 needs. Increased facility space for volunteer support.

These are the twelve areas in which we recommend there is further consultation with the community to help specify detailed proposals for planning control recommendations.

Paul Reach

Chair – Economy Topic Group

Members of the Economy Topic Group

Karen Perrow – Economy Topic Group

Karen Perrow is manager of the Dartmouth Visitor Centre. She took up the post three years ago and during that time has been
instrumental in helping to steer the centre out of a period of uncertainty to establish it as a key player within the infrastructure of
the town.
Karen’s background is journalism and print media. She cut her teeth on the coveted London-based Mirror Training Scheme and
has worked in Birmingham and the Midlands, Torbay and mid-Devon before coming to Dartmouth 6 years ago as the local reporter on the Dartmouth Chronicle.

Laura Campbell – Economy Topic Group

Laura has joined the Economy Topic Group and will use her extensive experience in Tourism to guide our discussions. Laura is a Project Manager for Visit England Tourism & Cruise projects, Project facilitator for Dartmouth Mayflower 400 and also works with Mayflower 400. With a background in Operational Management and Training, she has worked in various roles both in the UK and Canada supporting businesses across many different industries.

Tom Butcher – Economy Topic Group