Barnstaple Asda plans go on show

Joseph Bulmer

Public exhibition will reveal large-scale Anchorwood Bank redevelopment plans

LARGE scale plans for the re-development of Barnstaple’s Anchorwood Bank are being unveiled at a series of public exhibitions this week.

Members of the public are being invited to meet developers and have their say on proposals for a 40,000 square foot Asda superstore, and up to 450 new homes on the Leaderflush Shapland site.

A 60-bed hotel, office space, community facilities, restaurants, caf�s and leisure facilities are also being considered for the prime riverside spot.

In March, the Gazette revealed that Asda had reached an agreement for part of the land at Anchorwood Bank with site owners Leaderflush Shapland.

Outline planning permission for a retail development of up to 108,000 sq ft – as well as 450 homes, hotel, offices, community facilities and small shops, cafes and restaurants – was granted by North Devon Council in June 2008.

Developers claim the proposals could create up to 300 new jobs during construction, and in excess of 320 long-term employment opportunities.

Representatives from Asda, and developers Wessex Projects Ltd and Development Securities PLC, will be at the Park Hotel from 10am-2pm on Thursday; from 4-8pm on Friday; and from 10am-2pm on Saturday.