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Who owns Devon? Register reveals county's biggest landowners

November 11, 2017 2:40 PM
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Who owns Devon? Register reveals county's biggest landowners

Tesco is the owner of the most expensive piece of land in Devon

Data released for the first time by the Land Registry has revealed the UK-based companies and public bodies that own property across Devon.

The data covers all properties except those owned by private individuals, foreign-owned companies, charities and trusts.

In Devon, councils are big property owners - Devon County Council owns at least 5,520 sites, including offices and sites offering public services, while Plymouth City Council has 1,973 plots and the Torbay Borough Council owns 712.

Utilities companies also own lots of infrastructure around the area, including 4,752 plots belonging to Western Power Distribution - mostly electricity substations, while South West Water owns 1,119 sites - mostly pumping stations. Highways England owns 2,727 plots.

Devon and Cornwall Housing Limited was also among those owning large numbers of sites, with 2,197 plots in total, mostly made up of flats and houses across the area. It’s joined by Westward Housing Group Limited, with 1,071 plots.

The Exeter Diocese owns 541 sites across the area, while the National Trust owns 276 and the Secretary of Defence owns 209.

While the database doesn't contain the prices paid for every property, it does contain the figure for some.

Of those, the most expensive listed in the area is St John's District Centre, Barnstaple, owned by Tesco TLB Properties Limited, which was bought for £26.7m.

This was followed by properties at 16-38 Royal Parade, and 21-37 and 33-37 New George Street, Plymouth, and 40/46 Royal Parade, 39/41 New George Street and 100/120 Armada Way, Plymouth, which both belong to Plymouth Retail Limited, and cost £23.2m and £21.1m respectively.

Source: devonlive.com

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