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Decision time for new ‘park and change’ facility in Barnstaple

PUBLISHED: 14:46 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:52 13 November 2017

The site of the new park and change facility. Picture: Matt Smart

The site of the new park and change facility. Picture: Matt Smart

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Councillors are being recommended to approve a new ‘park and change’ in Roundswell, Barnstaple - but what do you think? Vote in our poll here.

Plans for a new ‘park and change’ facility in Barnstaple look set to be approved on Wednesday.

Councillors are recommended to approve the application by Devon County Council (DCC) for land next to a brand new footbridge in Roundswell.

DCC is seeking full planning permission for the park and change facility and a new access road into the site.

It is also looking for outline permission for up to 15,000 sq ft of commercial space, to form the Roundswell South Business Park.

Plans for the park and change were first floated when DCC outlined its plans for the ‘bridge to nowhere’ over the A39, which was completed in September.

Barnstaple’s park and ride service used to operate from Newport, until it was closed in March 2016 because it was ‘no longer commercially viable’.

The design and access statement said: “The park and change facility will provide 155 car parking spaces and a bus stop and turning area at the western end of the development.

“It will also include 25 secure cycle lockers and a further 10 cycle parking spaces on Sheffield-type stands.

“It is designed to link to the new cycleway/footbridge across the A39 and it is therefore likely to be used by people leaving cars to cycle/walk to the wider footpath and cycleway routes to the north and into Barnstaple as well as car sharers and bus users.”

It is hoped the new park and change facility will reduce commuter delays along the A361 into Barnstaple.

The new facility will occupy land on the Brynsworthy side of the footbridge, and access to the site will be via the new roundabout on the B3232.

The proposals were first heard by North Devon Council’s planning committee on October 11, but were deferred.

Planning officers have since sought answers over highways concerns and improvements to Roundswell roundabout.

What do you think of the new park and change footbridge? Vote in our poll above or comment with your thoughts below.

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