The future of Roundswell is revealed

How Roundswell could expand in the future

How Roundswell could expand in the future - Credit: Archant

Foot bridge application shines a light on how Barnstaple suburb will appear in years to come

The future shape of Roundswell in Barnstaple has been revealed as plans are lodged for a £2.6million bridge over the North Devon Link Road.

A map accompanying the Devon County Council application for the new cycle and foot bridge shows just how much Roundswell is expected to grow in the next few years.

There is a park and ride, the new St John’s Garden Centre site, plus a major explosion of housing including the new Tews Lane and Larkbeare developments.

The new bridge had previously been dubbed a ‘bridge to nowhere’ but the map shows it would connect Roundswell to proposed new retail and employment land.

A statement with the planning application says Roundswell Business Park is to be expanded by around 5.4 hectares, while a new business campus is proposed to the south of the A39 and west of the B3232.

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It says this campus will include commercial units and cover an area of approximately 6.1 hectares as well as a 0.8 hectare ‘park and change’ facility.

The statement said the bridge would ‘provide an important ‘off-network’ link’ and ‘will be used by a variety of users including day visitors, commuters and local residents’.

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