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Torquay Old Toll House built in 1840 to be restored

Old Toll House Image copyright Torbay Council
Image caption A new kitchen and toilet facilities will be added in the Old Toll House refurbishment

A historic toll house, built around 1840 in Torquay, is set to be restored.

The stone Grade II listed building, owned by Torbay Council, will see recent additions demolished and the original building refurbished.

The plans were approved by Torbay Council and will include a new kitchen and toilet facilities.

The Old Toll House, originally used by a local boatman and the council's gardener, will then be let for commercial use.

In 1925, the building was extended and used as public toilets.

Torbay Council said these will be demolished to make way for landscaped gardens and outside seating will be created to complement the refurbished building.

'Wonderful old building'

Torbay's Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said: "A lot of hard work has been undertaken to progress plans to restore this wonderful old building."

Mr Oliver has commissioned the Torbay Development Agency for the project.

Following a tender process, local conservation architects will be appointed and plans drawn up prior to submitting a planning and listed building application.

If approved, work will start on site in 2015.

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