COUNCILLOR Phil Bullivant, county councillor for Newton Abbot North, said: 'The overwhelming view amongst residents, planners, most councillors and those with a keen interest in the successful future of Newton Abbot believe that improving the town centre environment to attract more people is vital for the future prosperity of the town, including its retail businesses.

‘These plans are designed to deliver solutions that have been demonstrated to work in similar towns.

‘We must show our commitment to the town and support actions designed to deliver the outcomes most want to see, a vibrant forward-looking Newton Abbot that will be the leading market town in Teignbridge and ultimately in Devon.’