Decision day for Barnstaple Asda plans
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Councillors set to determine major proposals for Anchorwood Bank regeneration.
MAJOR plans for the redevelopment of Barnstaple’s Anchorwood Bank – including an Adsa supermarket – are set to be decided by North Devon Council’s planning committee today (Wednesday).
The proposal, being recommended for approval by council planning officers, also includes an outline application for up to 350 new homes; a 60-bed hotel; restaurants and cafes; leisure, employment and community facilities. The blueprint also outlines plans for flood defence works and new roads, footpaths and cycleways.
Existing buildings would be demolished with the exception of the Oliver Building.
A report to councillors said 44 letters of objection had been received, raising issues about the impact on roads, the vitality of the town centre and flooding, among others.
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Six letters were received in support of the plans.
The report concludes that the retail development would have ‘no negative impact’ on the vitality and viability of the town centre or the highway network.
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It concludes: “Careful consideration has been given to the identified harms and benefits arising as a consequence of the development proposal.
“The benefits are considered to significantly outweigh any adverse impact on the vitality and the viability of the town centre.”
Lucie Brailsford, project communications manager, said phase one would include the Asda store; car park; highways and flood works; a walkway linking to the Tarka Trail; and serviced, landscaped land ready for housing.
She said the development team had been working on the project for the last four years to create a proposal for Barnstaple and its future.
“Bringing this high profile, empty site back into use will deliver significant economic and community benefits and create hundreds of new jobs in the town,” she said.
“The site has huge potential and can play a major part in enhancing the offer of the town and its attractiveness to residents, visitors and new investors.”
Gazette reporters will be at today’s planning committee meeting, which starts at 2pm. The outcome will be published on our website as soon as it is known. Follow @northdevon24 for live updates from the meeting.