Aldi, Costa and Marston’s are the national chains hoping to set up home at Roundswell as part of the St John’s development

A plan of the proposed new St Johns development at Roundswell.A plan of the proposed new St Johns development at Roundswell.

Three applications have been lodged for a £10million retail park and new St John's Garden Centre on the outskirts of Barnstaple.

An Aldi supermarket, new garden centre, Costa drive-through and Marston's pub are proposed for the site just off the Roundswell roundabout.

Subject to planning permission it is hoped Aldi, Marston's and Costa would all open next summer, with the garden centre aiming to be ready to open at Easter 2019.

The Gazette revealed the proposals in December after speaking to St John's owners Nick and Simon Oliver.

The proposed site at Roundswell for a new St Johns Garden Centre, Aldi, Costa Coffee and Marstons. Picture: Tony GussinThe proposed site at Roundswell for a new St Johns Garden Centre, Aldi, Costa Coffee and Marstons. Picture: Tony Gussin

They believe the site next to the A39 will provide a convenient linked shopping experience, giving people several things to do at one location, create better transport links and ease Newport congestion.

The new garden centre and Aldi have been lodged as one application, with the Costa and Marston's premises featuring in separate applications. St John's is the applicant in each case.

Nick Oliver has previously told the Gazette the site would create a total of around 250 jobs.

He said in December: "We believe the complementary and linked shopping is of great benefit to the consumer and leads to an exciting new development for North Devon, keeping the trade here.

"We know that there is a huge demand by the public for this particular supermarket company to be represented in Barnstaple as they already have one in Bideford and trade is being haemorrhaged to Bideford where it should be staying in Barnstaple."

Planning permission was given in 2014 to demolish the existing garden centre at Newport and build 44 homes on the site.

The Roundswell application would see 198 parking spaces for the new St John's building and a further 102 for Aldi, as we all associated landscaping and facilities for Costa and Marston's.

When the Gazette first broke the story, there were mixed reactions on social media - several people welcomed a new Aldi and garden centre, but others felt there were enough supermarkets and coffee shops in Barnstaple already.

Other people raised concerns about the effect on traffic from the number of extra vehicles.

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