Developers shed more light on Anchorwood regeneration

New website launched to outline detailed proposals for Barnstaple riverside side.

DEVELOPERS behind wide-ranging proposals for the regeneration of Barnstaple’s Anchorwood Bank are inviting local people to look at detailed plans for the site.

A new website has been launched this week to cover all aspects of the scheme as it moves through the planning process.

A joint planning application was submitted to North Devon Council by Asda Stores Ltd, DS Wessex Barnstaple Ltd and Leaderflush and Shapland Holdings Ltd in December.

The ‘hybrid application’ outlines plans for a 6,820 sq m retail food store, as well as up to 350 homes; a 60-bed hotel; employment space; community and leisure facilities; shops; restaurants; cafes; a pub and take-away.

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Also included in the blueprint is a nature reserve to the west of the Taw Bridge; a central park area with children’s playground; and a new riverfront walkway and promenade linking the Tarka Trail to Long Bridge and the town centre.

Developers say the regeneration would create up to 800 new permanent jobs, with a further 1,000 workers needed during the construction phase.

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The district council is also preparing to determine an application for a Morrisons store on the Evans Transport site and is understood to now be in possession of an independent retail assessment report commissioned earlier this year.

Anchorwood project communications manager Lucie Brailsford said: “Anchorwood Bank is a high profile site in Barnstaple and the decision on its future is an important one for the town.

“The site is currently largely derelict and overgrown with little flood protection and poor access. It reflects poorly on the town and offers few community and employment benefits.

“Our development seeks to address these issues and make the most of the site’s huge potential and important position in Barnstaple.”

Ms Brailsford said the development team would also be meeting with various local organisations and representative bodies this month to answer questions about the project prior to a decision being made.

On Thursday night, they help a presentation for Barnstaple Town Council’s planning committee and have been invited to attend next Tuesday’s Barnstaple Town Centre Management meeting.

“We have launched the website and meeting programme to give the local community more information about the project and the opportunity to contact the development team as the proposal moves through the final stages of the planning process.

“We are keen that local people are aware of the full extent of the proposal which represents a huge investment in Barnstaple and will bring many benefits to the town.

“We hope that people find the new website useful and we look forward to hearing their views.”

Find out more about the Anchorwood Bank development at What do you think about the proposals? Get in touch and let us know – email or write to us at the address on page six.

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