National restaurant chains will join Asda and Next at huge riverside development.

An artist's impression of how the food and retail area at Anchorwood Bank will lookAn artist's impression of how the food and retail area at Anchorwood Bank will look

Developers of Barnstaple's Anchorwood Bank have revealed two big-name additions for the huge riverside site.

National restaurant chains Frankie & Benny's and Chiquito have agreed terms for the lease of two of the proposed restaurant units, according to developer Wessex Investors.

Frankie & Bennie's is a chain of Italian-American restaurants, while Chiquito is Mexican-themed.

Managing director Andrew Pegg, said: "We are delighted to have attracted two very strong family restaurant brands to Barnstaple and believe they will fit in very well with the rest of our site and compliment the existing food offer in the town."

An artist's impression of how the food and retail area at Anchorwood Bank will lookAn artist's impression of how the food and retail area at Anchorwood Bank will look

The announcements come in the same week that detailed plans for new shops and restaurants will be determined by North Devon Council's planning committee.

Councillors are being recommended to approve plans for a 1,116 sq m restaurant and café block with outside seating and mezzanine floors throughout.

The developer is also seeking consent to increase retail space from 1,000 sq m to 7,150 sq m.

The application includes 239 car parking spaces and 130 cycle spaces.

Artist's impression of the completed Anchorwood Bank developmentArtist's impression of the completed Anchorwood Bank development

Mr Pegg added: "We look forward to Wednesday's planning committee meeting where a decision will be made on both the housing and retail and restaurant area of the site."

At the same meeting at Barnstaple Rugby Club, the council will also be asked to give the green light for the creation of a new 166-home street at Anchorwood.

The application submitted by North Devon Homes and Pearce Homes is also being recommended for approval.

The blueprint, which features fewer homes than originally anticipated, also includes a central park area, two public piazzas and a small pocket park.

Meanwhile, part of the site is expected to be handed over to Asda within weeks.

The supermarket is scheduled to open in October this year.

Today's announcements come just days after the Government decided that the Oliver Building will remain Grade II listed.