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Proposed Roundswell business park could bring more than 350 jobs

PUBLISHED: 07:54 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:54 17 November 2017

The new footbridge at Roundswell will link commercial sites.

The new footbridge at Roundswell will link commercial sites.

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Plans for new business park and ‘park and change’ facility were approved by North Devon Council on Wednesday.

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

Approved plans for a new business park at Roundswell could open the door for more than 350 jobs.

Devon County Council’s (DCC) Roundswell South Business Park was given the go-ahead by North Devon Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

The site is allocated for employment and a park and ride, with the scheme including proposals to open up 10.5 acres of land, and a ‘park and change’ facility which would provide 155 car parking spaces as well as cycle parking and storage.

DCC’s cabinet member for economy and skills, Councillor Stuart Barker, said the site would encourage business growth and the retention of graduates in North Devon.

“This new employment site will support growth in Barnstaple and the wider northern Devon area, offering the potential to generate over 350 jobs,” he said.

“It will aim to attract high value employment and encourage business growth, innovation and retention of graduates in the area.”

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Ward member for Fremington Rural, Councillor Frank Biederman, said he was ‘delighted’ the scheme was moving forward.

He added:“I believe we need this type of scheme to give new employment opportunities to our young people and to keep them in North Devon, especially as it is likely to be higher paid jobs.

“I also believe the introduction of a park and change facility will help alleviate some of the congestion in the area.

The project is expected to go before DCC’s cabinet early next year for further works to prepare the site.

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