Economic Regeneration


RiverbankThe role of the Economic Regeneration Team at Torridge is to help develop the local economy and provide strategic input to local and regional economic policy making. The Council is committed to attracting new jobs to the area through its inward investment programme and works in partnership with other agencies.The Economic Regeneration Team works throughout the region to promote the interests of Torridge District, its businesses and communities.


The  Economic Regeneration Team seeks to fulfil the Corporate Objectives of the Council which are constantly under review:

  • Improvement of Economic Infrastructure
  • Economic Sector Development
  • Provide Business Support
  • Support Innovation and Technology
  • Marketing for Inward Investment and Image
  • Promote Skills and Learning
  • Regeneration
  • Economic Regeneration Project Management
  • Management of land and property

A key feature of the Department's work is partnership working and facilitation with other agencies. For any form of advice and support please contact us at economic.development@torridge.gov.uk or 01237 428700.

Strategic Context

The Economic Regeneration Team aims to achieve sustainable economic growth within Torridge by promoting urban regeneration projects and stimulating the rural economy for the benefit of the whole community.  We will translate plans for sustainable economic development into action by delivering initiatives through North Devon +.

How we plan to do it....we will:

  • Develop key sites within Bideford and Westward Ho! using private/public sector finance to deliver both economic and community benefits.
  • Facilitate the development of sustainable rural communities using Holsworthy as an exemplar with sustainable communities built around an Agri-business Centre centred on the relocation of the successful livestock market.
  • Provide regeneration projects in conjunction with partners to benefit the whole community.
  • Support North Devon+ to delivery funding programmes in Northern Devon.

Inward Investment

Westward Ho! span
View of Westward Ho! from the Pebble Ridge
Are you interested in bringing or developing your business in North Devon? There are numerous opportunities available to yourself as an employer in Northern Devon including:

  • Highly skilled & loyal workforce
  • Low Cost
  • Well Connected
  • Space to grow
  • Great quality of life
  • Assisted Area Status

Situating your business in Northern Devon you will joining companies such as FTSE 100's Babcock International, leading travel supplier The Travel Chapter, family owned and market leading West End Precision.

To find out more please visit Invest in North Devon

What can Torridge District Council directly do for you?

There are 15 industrial units available for rent on easy terms at the original Caddsdown, ranging from 55 to 145 sq metres and 12 Units in the new phase of the Business Park, located next to the recently extended support Centre.

Caddsdown Business Support Centre is managed by our Property Team. To find out more, including contact details, please visit the Property Team page


The Economic Regeneration service sits within Commercial and Leisure Services Department of the Council which is led by Sean Kearney as Commercial and Leisure Services Manager.

NameRoleEmailContact Number
Sean KearneyCommercial & Leisure Services Managersean.kearney@torridge.gov.uk01237 428700
Chris FullerEconomic Development Officerchris.fuller@torridge.gov.uk01237 428880
Mike FordProject Officermike.ford@torridge.gov.uk01237 428766


Current and Completed Projects

Please find listed below a list of current and completed projects undertaken by the Commercial and Leisure team.