Interest shown in Living Coasts site


Torbay Council has said that there have been a “good number of expressions of interest” in the Living Coasts site in Torquay.

Living Coasts recently announced that it would not re-open following the temporary closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. All the animals have been rehomed following the announcement (more here).

A spokesperson for Torbay Council said: “The partnership which runs Torbay Council is saddened with the demise of Living Coasts. We continue to work closely with the Wild Planet Trust that manages Paignton Zoo to ensure that their core offer of conservation work and local attraction has long term viability. The Trust has a 125 year lease on this site and we are currently in negotiations with them.

“Torbay Council has received a good number of expressions of interest in the Living Coasts site, from continuing its current use as a wildlife centre, using the restaurant as a stand-alone offer, to the complete redevelopment as the site. With the zoo, we plan to test the viability of expressions of interest so that it can continue its current or similar use. This is our preferred way forward and we will not actively be seeking a complete redevelopment of this site unless the preferred proposals are not possible.”

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