New vision for Seven Brethren development is agreed
Posted on: 4 December 2017
Plans to regenerate Seven Brethren in Barnstaple move forward today (Monday 4 December) as North Devon Council’s Executive agree to a revised master plan for the site.
Last year the council appointed agents Jones Lang Lasalle to assess the development of Seven Brethren, including the options for the future of North Devon Leisure Centre. These options were presented to the council in January and since then further work has been carried out to explore a range of topics to move the project forward.
A Barnstaple-wide car parking study has revealed there will still be a need for long stay parking on the site, which was not included in the original master plan. Alternative council-owned sites for the restaurant and leisure facilities originally proposed for Seven Brethren have also been identified in other areas of Barnstaple. The parking study, and further site investigations and advice from the consultants, have led to a revised master plan for the area.
The revised plan includes the relocation of long-stay parking to the very rear of the site, which would also act as an events area for the annual fair. The current leisure centre site and existing long-stay car park would be used for housing, with space to provide up to 245 units of accommodation, including apartments and town houses.
Executive Member for Economic Development, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “This is a massive project for us and it’s part of the wider regeneration of Barnstaple. There are many elements to bring together – parking and transport, retail, leisure and housing and it’s important we get this right for the town. Now that we have our revised plans approved, we can move forward to the next stage of this exciting opportunity for Barnstaple.”
Plans are already well advanced to provide a new swimming pool and sports facilities at Tarka Tennis Centre and these are not affected by the changes to the master plan for Seven Brethren.Posted in: Economy