Talks have begun about the development of the Victorian paper mill in Ivybridge.
A development team from Burrington Estates and Pillar Land Securities are in early discussions with the local authority to redevelop Stowford Paper Mill.
Current owners Arjowiggins will complete the transfer of its production to Scotland at the end of the year.
The development team, headed up by Burrington Estates, is working on a vision in line with South Hams District Council’s planning brief.
The council’s document outlines a high-quality mixed use scheme including employment premises, offices, community space and housing.
Shops may be considered on a scale that would not detract from the town centre.
The brief also outlines potential for a hydroelectric scheme and open spaces.
Mark Edworthy, managing director of Burrington Estates, said: “We are in the early stages of the pre-application process and have been encouraged by our discussions.”
Richard Pillar, of Pillar Land Securities, said: “I could not turn down the opportunity to get involved in the project.”
Clive Wilson, mill manager for Arjowiggins, said: “There was a lot of interest in the site when we announced the transfer of production to Aberdeen.
“The Burrington Estates and Pillar Land team’s approach was impressive. In our view their vision offered the best future for Stowford Mill and Ivybridge, particularly in terms of employment and preserving the industrial heritage of the site.”