SAVE to showcase alternative vision for threatened Devon Mills at public meeting

SAVE to showcase alternative vision for threatened Devon Mills at public meeting
SAVE to showcase alternative vision for threatened Devon Mills at public meeting

*** NB: Scroll to bottom for pdf explaining how to object ***

Public meeting to be co-hosted by SAVE and Newton Abbot & District Civic Society on 16th May 2023 with speakers including architect Jonathan Dransfield

Tuesday 9th May 2023

As a historic Devon mill complex faces demolition, the campaign to save it and breathe new life into a historic part of the market town of Newton Abbot is gathering pace. 

Plans submitted by development giant Lovell Homes to bulldoze Bradley Lane Mills and its medieval Leat waterway completely ignore the potential of the historic mill buildings to be refurbished and reused in an imaginative way that would revitalise this part of the town centre.

SAVE believes Newton Abbot deserves better. We commissioned architect Jonathan Dransfield to design an alternative vision as a way of stimulating fresh thinking and conversations about how local people might want the area to develop.

On 16th May SAVE Britain’s Heritage and Newton Abbot & District Civic Society will be joining forces with Jonathan to showcase our exciting vision for redeveloping Bradley Lane Mills as a vibrant new neighbourhood for the town.

Our proposals, first published in September 2022, would see the unlisted Victorian Mill buildings retained and converted to provide characterful and much needed new homes for the town, 40% of which would be affordable.

Our plans put the needs of the town and community first, with new housing, public squares, river walk and cycle path reconnecting the Mill site with the town centre, together with a new community hub, creative workspaces, riverside café/pub and flexible performance venue.

The alternative vision is intended to show that it’s not too late to stop the Lovell plans and encourage people to call on Teignbridge District Council (which owns the site) for a scheme which befits the history, character and future needs of Newton Abbot.

You can view our vision and background on the campaign so far by CLICKING HERE.  Full details on the public meeting, including tickets can be found HERE

Please add your objection to the current demolition plans by submitting your comments to Teignbridge District Council. Full details and how to do this and issues you might wish to raise can be found by clicking the PDF below. 



1. For more information contact or call the office on 020 7253 3500.

2. Download a copy of our alternative vision HERE.

3. SAVE Britain’s Heritageis an independent voice in conservation that fights for threatened historic buildings and sustainable reuses. We stand apart from other organisations by bringing together architects, engineers, planners and investors to offer viable alternative proposals. Where necessary, and with expert advice, we take legal action to prevent major and needless losses.  

4. Further updates between now and the event can be found on Newton Abbot & District Civic Society’s Facebook page HERE.

Documents (click to read/download)