Developers say people are calling on a daily basis to enquire about new riverside homes being built at Barnstaples Anchorwood Bank. Plans for 172 homes part of one of North Devons biggest regeneration projects in living memory were only submitted last week. But Stephen Snooks, North Devon Homes regeneration project manager, said there was already huge interest in the development. Weve had a lot of support for what were doing here and were already getting calls on a daily basis to enquire about the houses. I think some people are quite disappointed when we tell them they wont be available until the end of 2017.Affordable homesOf the 172 homes, 37 will be affordable but Mr Snooks said the vision was to make Anchorwood a haven in Barnstaple. Its one of the most important sites in North Devon and something has needed to be done here for a long time, he added. It will be a real haven in the town. Its the biggest thing well be doing up to 2020 and then we hope to use that experience on other sites in the future. North Devon Homes had originally planned to build up to 350 houses on the site, but this was revised down to offer something of great value to the area.Retail and restaurantsPlans for the retail and restaurant area were submitted earlier this month. The first houses, along with access roads and a large central park area, should be completed in September 2017, which will be marketed as early as the new year. Asda is expected to move onto the site in April.Flood defenceProgress on the site continues at lightning pace flood defence works along the river are almost complete, and have been engineered to withstand a once in 100 years event. Work has also been ongoing on the main access road to the site, which, along with a roundabout within, is nearing completion. That should be finished by February after a slight delay caused by a water main, said site manager Gavin Evans. We were lucky we got the first lot of earth works done when we had good weather, he said. Were hoping for drier weather in January and February for moving the earth again as the materials dont take water very well. Asda is supposed to be starting on-site in April, but thats not been confirmed yet. But well be done by then.