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Council to 'market test' whether living Coasts site can still host animals in future

There's already been offers for the site of Torquay's coastal zoo, after bosses announced it would remain closed once the pandemic is over.

These have included keeping open the restaurant at Living Coasts, ensuring some sort of wildlife offer is kept there and redeveloping the whole site.

The zoo sits right on the town's marina and has seen falling visitor numbers in recent years. New homes have already been identified for the animals based there.

In a statement Torbay Council which owns the site said: "We continue to work closely with the Wild Planet Trust that manages Paignton Zoo to ensure that their core offer of conservation work and local attraction has long term viability. 

"The trust has a 125 year lease on this site and we are currently in negotiations with them. 

"Torbay Council has received a good number of expressions of interest in the Living Coasts site, from continuing its current use as a wildlife centre, using the restaurant as a stand-alone offer, to the complete redevelopment as the site. 

"With the zoo, we plan to test the viability of expressions of interest so that it can continue its current or similar use. 

"This is our preferred way forward and we will not actively be seeking a complete redevelopment of this site unless the preferred proposals are not possible." 

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