MAJOR plans for the redevelopment of Queen Street and Bear Street in Barnstaple will be on public display in the Pannier Market from Friday. Wilson Bowden Developments, which was chosen in November 2007 by North Devon Council to deliver the redevelopment

MAJOR plans for the redevelopment of Queen Street and Bear Street in Barnstaple will be on public display in the Pannier Market from Friday. Wilson Bowden Developments, which was chosen in November 2007 by North Devon Council to deliver the redevelopment scheme, will be exhibiting its proposed plans as part of a 10-day consultation process.The proposals show the transformation of the 12-acre site. The development could provide around 300,000 square feet of new retail and leisure space, including a 90,000sq ft department store. Up to 50 units could be created to attract: New retailers; additional restaurants and cafes; a new multi-storey car park; residential apartments; and family-oriented entertainment facilities which could include a multiplex cinema, bowling alley or bingo. The council's lead member for regeneration, Cllr Malcolm Prowse said: "This project is crucial to the regeneration of Barnstaple and will strengthen the town's importance as a sub-regional centre. "Local people already travel as far as Exeter, Taunton and even Cribbs Causeway in Bristol for shopping trips, so we need a scheme that will stop that leakage and provide a massive boost to the economy of Barnstaple."Patrick Arthurs, planning director for Wilson Bowden Developments added: "We are delighted to be working with North Devon Council to realise their ambitions for the town. "This new development will offer modern retail units that will attract new retailers, while at the same time complementing what already exists in Barnstaple. "Importantly, along with our architects Benoy, we are working to ensure that our designs for the Queen Street and Bear Street area of Barnstaple consider and preserve the character of the town."The exhibition in the Pannier Market will be open between 10am and 5pm on Friday and between 10am and 4pm on Saturday. Questionnaires will be handed out at the exhibition to encourage members of the public to give their feedback on the development proposals. From Monday, the exhibition will be relocated to the Civic Centre until July 30, when the period of public consultation comes to a close.