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Old February 3rd, 2020, 05:50 PM   #1
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Devon | Dartmoor Prison

Dartmoor Prison is now Category C Men's prison, housing mainly non-violent offenders and white-collar criminals originally built between 1806 and 1809.

It was put on closure notice in 2013 which started a 10 year ticking clock so it's due to close in 2023.

People are now starting to think about what to do with a substantial estate in the middle of Dartmoor.

The Prison Estate is actually owned by the Duchy of Cornwall but leased to the Ministry of Justice so when the prison is closed, it'll be handed back to the Duchy.

DevonLive have a few suggestions on new uses. This is a major employer for the Moor and Princetown (and Devon in general) so if it's closed and left for a significant period of time, it'll affect the general prosperity of Devon.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...-could-3804268

Current ideas include hotels (both a luxury and/or a backpackers option), paintballing, film studios.
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Old February 3rd, 2020, 06:01 PM   #2
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Knock it down or atleast most of it

It’s a blight on the stunning moors. It served its purpose. Can’t keep things just because - let’s be honest, they would never get planning today to build a building like that on the moors, so get rid.

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Yes, I partly agree PG. The first thing I would do is put a well made public footpath/ s from Princetown to Two Bridges (east) and also north to Beardown. A really nice area for visitors to go. A lot of that farmland will be opened up as well presumably. Then knock the great chimneys down that dominate the moor, then a hostel and a hotel, with access to the new paths which will take you right onto the moor and a shop. Some of the buildings could be demolished and a nice square made. Other buildings could be for housing. I would be inclined to say a visitor centre & museum, but that may duplicate the Princetown Centre.

Unfortunately in this country these things take an age, by the time they consult, think about planning and re-build, I expect will be about 20 years...about the same time Stonehouse Barracks gets going well along!
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