Seven Brethren reaction 'positive,' say councillors

MORE than 600 people attended a three-day exhibition outlining major plans for the redevelopment of Seven Brethren Bank in Barnstaple. Visitors to the event - staged by Devon County Council and North Devon Council - were able to view a 20-year masterplan

MORE than 600 people attended a three-day exhibition outlining major plans for the redevelopment of Seven Brethren Bank in Barnstaple.Visitors to the event - staged by Devon County Council and North Devon Council - were able to view a 20-year masterplan for the site, which includes proposals for a new college, supermarket, upstream footbridge, and an energy from waste incinerator.Officers and technical experts were on hand to provide information on every aspect ranging from the design and architecture of developments, to the operation of the energy from waste facility.Questions and comments covered a wide number of subjects, including car parking on site, design of the college buildings, transport access, content of emissions and where energy from the plant might go."It's been a fantastic opportunity to view the masterplan in context," said Councillor Des Brailey, deputy leader of North Devon Council. "I've been really encouraged by the numbers of people attending to find out more about the scheme, and the support for the project has been overwhelmingly positive. "Many people have commented that it's about time we did something constructive with the area, and that gaining energy from our waste is a practical and sensible move."The masterplan is an exciting vision for our future. It shows that there can be real benefits for the community, our environment and our economy if we work together. I am delighted to be a part of it."Cllr Brian Greenslade, leader of Devon County Council said: "The exhibition has been a great success and a worthwhile chance to hear comments and opinions from residents, businesses and even tourists. "I am very pleased that the plans have been given a strong endorsement by the public."Proposals for the new recycling centre and energy from waste plant have been well received in particular. People appreciated the importance of being able to provide a clean, safe and secure source of power for nearby developments, and better recycling facilities to make this a truly integrated approach."Economic regeneration and protecting our environment and heritage for future generations to enjoy are priorities for our authority. These plans will provide an innovative development in the heart of our community, offering outstanding educational, sporting and community facilities. Best of all, it's a sustainable vision that looks after our environment, which will help us to make Devon even greener."The details of the masterplan can be found at www.devon.gov.uk/index/environmentplanning/waste_disposal/barnstaplemasterplan.htmComments are welcome on the proposals and can be made by emailing to masterplan@devon.gov.uk or by writing to Waste Management, EEC Directorate, Devon County Council, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QW.


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