Torridge District Council, Great Torrington Town Council, The Plough Arts Centre and Petroc are delighted that the Architectural Heritage Fund has provided a £15,000 grant to support feasibility work in November and December into how The Globe hotel in Great Torrington can be brought back to life.
The hotel has stood vacant for over three years and the initial ideas behind the project will be to issue community shares to bring The Globe into community ownership. Petroc College are keen to run degree-level courses in Hospitality and Tourism through The Globe, creating the first ever degree-level offer in Torridge. The space would also provide exciting growth opportunities for The Plough Arts Centre, expanding on their many current activities and meaning that more people across the local community and from further afield can benefit from their work. However, part of the goal of the feasibility study will be to explore other uses and ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for the site.
The anticipation is that a re-opening of The Globe will stimulate increased footfall in the town, and halt the decline in the number of occupied shops. The facility will also have a positive impact on what is on offer at night in the town. The goal is to achieve a balanced community use of the site that will ensure that it can have a lasting impact.
Torridge District Councillor and Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin, said: “This is such an exciting opportunity for Great Torrington! The Globe Hotel is at the heart of the town centre, it’s a wonderful building and has so much potential; it should and could be the beating heart of the town and community. It has now been inactive for over three years, causing a significant negative economic and mind-set impact on the town, surrounding businesses and the community. Our ambition is to see The Globe thriving and enhancing the town and also driving improvements in the tourism offer, hospitality provision and educational opportunities across northern Devon.”
As part of the feasibility work Torridge Council and the rest of the project team will be trying to get out and speak to as many people as possible as community involvement in the project will be vital to its success. Anyone wishing to get in touch ahead of this work is invited to contact Chris Fuller, the Economic Development Officer at Torridge District Council, on Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org .