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.

5 comments on “New vision for Seven Brethren development is agreed

  1. graham principe says:

    In the Hydrock survey, it has recommended that out of town shopping should not be recommended and there should be more done to encourage parking strategy to encourage people to use the Town center for shopping.As a small bakery in Butchers Row for the past 20 years, i have seen my business drop by up to 20% and as a result there is now 50% empty shops and a reduction in the Pannier traders by the same margin ,This is a direct link to development of the supermarkets and out of town shopping offering free for 2 hours parking .The report identified the need for access to small shops and the town centre shopping but at what cost to the customers, small business relies on daily spends of one or two pounds and I do not see anything in this report that says that there is no charge for the first 2 hours so as people are looking at spending £2.00+ so how are you encouraging them to shop at local Butchers, Bakers, and candlestick fact, it drives them to out of town where they get 2 hours free parking.There was in the report also that pay on exit was far more popular than pay on entrance but because of bad planning on maintenance the cost was too high and the scheme was stopped this did not help to encourage people to use town center parking this was one way you can encourage people to shop in the centre of town and stay longer, as there was no fine for overstaying and all businesses would I’m sure think by reinstating pay on exit would be a step in the right direction, but the only way to help town centre shoppers is to give the town centre car parks customers 2 hours free parking or a simillar scheme.

  2. Holly says:

    Hi Shirley

    Thanks for the comment, I’ll see what I can find out for you.

  3. Shirley Smith says:

    Will there be somewhere nice for Motor homes to park so that they can spend money in our shops in the high street??

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