Barnstaple’s Queen Street multi-storey set for demolition

NORTH Devon Council s Executive has agreed in principle to the demolition of Barnstaple s Queen Street multi-storey car park and to replace it with a surface-level car park within the next five years. The decision was based on a number of reasons includin

NORTH Devon Council's Executive has agreed in principle to the demolition of Barnstaple's Queen Street multi-storey car park and to replace it with a surface-level car park within the next five years.

The decision was based on a number of reasons including:

- the building has mounting maintenance costs and is reaching the end of its life

- it is underused


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- demolition contributes towards the future redevelopment of the Queen Street/Bear Street area once the recession lifts

- it supports the delivery of the vehicle parking strategy for Barnstaple.

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Lead Member for Assets, Cllr Richard Edgell, said: "The ongoing repairs to this car park have been giving us major headaches and expense for some time. This decision also puts us in a really positive position to move forward with regeneration plans for the area.

"There is still an appetite for redeveloping this site so it's important to start work now on revised plans as such a major scheme will take some time to reach fruition."

Plans will now be developed to minimise loss of public car parking spaces in the town centre and to reconsider the Queen Street/Bear Street redevelopment area.

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