Exciting news for Seven Brethren development funding bid

Posted on: 19 February 2018

North Devon Council has successfully bid for a £2.2m grant from the Government Land Release Fund which will help to bring forward development of the council owned site at Seven Brethren in Barnstaple.

The grant will fund flood mitigation work and contribute to highway improvements, allowing residential development to be brought forward, including much needed affordable homes. The highway improvments will help traffic move more freely and improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists accessing the town centre. The site is easily accessible by rail, with service enhancements planned and work currently underway to create a more attractive approach to the station.

Seven Brethren lies within walking distance of the town centre shops and leisure facilities and will complement the development currently underway at Anchorwood Bank. Pre-planning discussions have already commenced, and full consultation will take place as part of the planning process.

North Devon Council will work with partners, including the Environment Agency and Devon County Council to deliver these infrastructure improvements, as well as with the local community, to progress this exciting new waterfront development.

Leader of North Devon Council and local ward member, Councillor Des Brailey says, “This is a massive project and it is part of the wider regeneration of North Devon. Now that we have secured this funding, we can move forward to the next stage of this exciting opportunity for Barnstaple. I would also like to extend my thanks to Peter Heaton-Jones, MP who played a key role in delivering this funding to the area.”

Local ward member, Councillor Dick Jones, says, “I’m so pleased to hear this great news and am very proud of our economic regeneration team for all the hard work they put in to secure this money for North Devon. This is a massive boost and will go a long way to help bring this project forward and deliver better infrastructure, more jobs and much needed affordable housing for North Devon.”

Executive Member for Economic Regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “I’m delighted that our economic regeneration team were able to put a strong bid forward, which has been recognised and supported by the Government today. Our vision to regenerate the Seven Brethren site is taking shape and is now closer than ever to being realised.”

Councillor Andrea Davis, the County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for highway infrastructure, says, “I’m pleased that North Devon Council have secured this funding as it will enable a flood mitigation scheme to unlock council land as well as improvements to transport links to go ahead. This infrastructure work is vital for the delivery of future residential developments in the area.”

The development of the site is co-ordinated with the proposals for the new Leisure Centre on an adjacent site, with construction work due to start on in January 2019 and the Centre due to open in 2020. This funding comes two weeks after the award of £8.7m to North Devon Council under the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

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