Opportunity to lease land at The Strand

The Strand in Barnstaple

Posted on: 17 March 2017

North Devon Council is seeking expressions of interest for a potential business opportunity on The Strand in Barnstaple.

The council wants to make better use of an area of land on the eastern end of the Strand, to promote a cafe culture and deliver a scheme to enhance the riverside. The area of land, which was once a fish market, is on the bridge side of the Tea on the Taw cafe.

The council is offering the opportunity to transform the space to create a more comfortable environment, potentially using a non-permanent structure to provide protection from the weather.
Interested parties should submit their interest by Thursday 20 April 2017.

Executive member for Economic Regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “The Strand has such great potential and there are already a number of successful restaurants and cafes drawing people in to spend their leisure time there. We want to hear from businesses who think they can improve this space and make better use of its excellent riverside location. This could be a great business opportunity for the right person.”

The council’s ambition for The Strand is to create a vibrant and busy leisure space, making the most of the waterfront and historic architecture. These ambitions are echoed in the Barnstaple Coastal Community Team’s Economic Plan, created following public consultation events in the town.

The Queen Anne’s building (which was home to Barnstaple Heritage Centre) is also on the market.

For more information about the opportunity at The Strand, contact Vanessa Harrison at North Devon Council on 01271 388216 or email vanessa.harrison@northdevon.gov.uk. Full details of the project are on the council’s website: www.northdevon.gov.uk/thestrand.

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