Construction of Barnstaples new Asda supermarket is set to start at Anchorwood Bank within weeks. Contractors are due to carry out further enabling work with the retailer still on schedule to open by the end of the year. The building of the new store will follow major flood defence work undertaken as part of phase one of the giant riverside scheme being delivered by Wessex Investors.Planning permission was granted by North Devon Council in June 2013.A spokesperson for the developer said: We are delighted to be moving forward with the next phase of works at Anchorwood Bank. We welcomed Asdas contractor team to the site this week to set up and we expect them to begin enabling works next week. Asda spokesperson Philip Bartram said: We are excited to be starting on site in Barnstaple we are looking forward to opening our new store later this year. Developers said an opening date for the new riverside walkway was still being finalised. The 675-metre-long walkway which will also act as a major flood defence for the huge retail and residential development is still awaiting an official sign-off from Devon County Council. The shared cycleway and footpath is 3.5-metres wide and is sat within an eight-metre-wide no-build corridor. It features 24 lamp posts and will join the Tarka Trail with the Long Bridge. The flood defence wall is 60cm higher than the walkway 7.82 metres above sea level. A spokesperson for Wessex said: Residents will have noticed that the riverside walkway is now complete and ready to open. We hope to open the walkway shortly once final checks have been undertaken by Devon County Council.