Barnstaple masterplan will look to the future
MEMBERS of the public are being invited to an exhibition outlining major plans for the redevelopment of Seven Brethren Bank in Barnstaple. A 20-year masterplan for the site will be on display at North Devon Leisure Centre from 10am to 8pm tomorrow (March
MEMBERS of the public are being invited to an exhibition outlining major plans for the redevelopment of Seven Brethren Bank in Barnstaple.A 20-year masterplan for the site will be on display at North Devon Leisure Centre from 10am to 8pm tomorrow (March 12) and at Green Lanes Shopping Centre on Friday and Saturday, from 9.30am to 5pm.The exhibition, being held by Devon County Council and North Devon Council, will feature proposals already tabled for a new college and an energy from waste plant that could provide heat and power across the estate.Devon County Council leader Cllr Brian Greenslade said the exhibition would give residents the chance to ask questions about the energy from waste plant and to learn about the strict environmental safeguards that would be employed.He said: "Seven Brethren has a crucial role to play in growing our economy, so we need to ensure that any development is sustainable, with the best interests of the community in mind. "The masterplan will help us plan for the future so that we can gain the best for the area. We are looking at many different aspects and are keen to hear people's comments and points of view. I would encourage everyone to come along and find out more about this exciting new opportunity for our community."Leader of North Devon Council, Cllr Mike Harrison, added: "There are great prospects for the site. The proposed new college will provide a real focal point, as well as providing outstanding educational facilities."Using energy from waste to heat nearby buildings shows we are committed to innovation as well as sustainability. It will cut our carbon footprint and gain valuable energy from waste that can't be recycled."I am delighted that both Devon County Council and North Devon Council are working together on this project. This site is one of Barnstaple's greatest assets, so I look forward to hearing people's thoughts on the plans.