Welcome  to   


      Paignton Heritage Society  





   We care for Paignton's past, present, and future. 

Our aims are :

To preserve and open to the public all the heritage buildings in Paignton.

To encourage tourist and trade initiatives that will benefit Paignton.

To support local concern over critical planning applications.

To monitor the policies and plans of government, council, and developers.

Latest - The Paignton Neighbourhood Plan is out for consultation.

The Plan - which is strictly non-political and has no connection with Torbay Council - has been created by Paignton residents - private individuals, businesses. local groups and many others, all working together to set out a viable future for Paignton. Please visit the website and click on Consultation Draft.  After reading the Neighbourhood Plan, please use the response form to give your opinion. It is important to respond, especially if you agree with the proposals.   The Paignton Neighbourhood Plan Forum needs your opinions - for or against - so that the final edition genuinely reflects the wishes of the people of Paignton.


Current programme of talks - May to September 2017

The following  events will be at the Gerston Christian Centre, Gerston Place, Paignton (almost opposite the Post Office), starting at 7.30 pm.  Members £3  non-members £4.        Refreshments included.  

Enquiries:  David Watts 01803 523434        [email protected]

Thursday  August 17   Norman Maudsley tells us about Finland.

Thursday September 21   Ian Handford says "There's no such thing as Torbay"






Quarterly newsletter  June  2017

A special event is planned for Saturday, 03 June.  We are holding a Heritage Day  at the Palace Avenue Methodist Church. We have booked the hall from 9 am to 6 pm to allow time for setting-up, etc. It will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm, and Tony Moss's folders of Paignton photos will be on display, along with many other items. Entry is free but we will charge for refreshments.  If you can help out even for an hour or two, please contact David Watts.  Don?t forget to spread the word wherever you can.  News articles have been placed in the next edition of the Beach Hut Magazine and a feature article has been arranged, with photographs, in a forthcoming edition of the Herald Express.  Several hundred advance flyers have already been put into circulation, and more will be available soon.  But there?s nothing better than telling your friends to pop along and have an enjoyable viewing of the display - which includes the full Tony Moss Collection of local photos ? and for FREE !!


 Relocation of Torbay School to Parkfield - refused by the Council for a third time.

At the meeting of the full Council on Wednesday 10 May 2017, Councillors were asked by the officers to reverse the decision of the Development Management Committee, which had twice refused the proposed relocation because it was considered to be overdevelopment that would adversely effect nearby homes and businesses.

Residents, including the Society?s Chairman, raised concern at the meeting about the process being followed and why the scheme proposals were unacceptable.

It is very unusual for the Council itself to consider planning applications, and was even more of a problem because the applicant was the Council. For four hours the pros and cons of the scheme were discussed, with many questions being raised about the underlying education strategy involved as well as details about the proposal itself. In the end, the Council decided it was right to refuse the proposal, and further reasons were added to the decision of the Development Management Committee.  These included the concern that loss of the leisure and recreation facilities, even during school hours only, did not accord with the new Torbay Local Plan.


This is a milestone decision in many respects, with concluding remarks that the facility should continue to be used for the purpose it was intended and with the hope that previous interest shown by other parties to this end would be resumed.

The final vote was 19 to refuse, 9 against, and 6 abstained.

David Watts, Chairman,

Weston Villa, 34 Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 5JZ

01803 523434          [email protected]

Paignton Green Covenant


Torbay Council covenants with all inhabitants of the wards of Blatchcombe, Clifton with Maidenway, Goodrington with Roselands, Preston and Roundham with Hyde (?the Paignton Wards?) that for a period of 100 years beginning on the date of this deed it will not on the land shown edged red on the plan attached erect or permit the erection of any permanent structure without any such proposal first obtaining the majority of votes in a referendum of the persons who at the day of the referendum would be entitled to vote as electors at an election of councillors for any of the Paignton Wards and are registered as local government electors at an address within the Paignton Wards.  For the purposes of this covenant ?permanent structure? shall mean any structure intended to remain on the land for a period greater than 6 months in any period of 12 consecutive months.  This covenant shall not apply to the installation, construction or renewal (whether by statutory undertakers or otherwise) of any media for the supply or removal, electricity, gas, water, sewage, energy, telecommunications, data and all other services and utilities and all structures, machinery and equipment ancillary to those media?.


It needs to be noted the land edged red did not include the playpark but does include the rest of central and north greens