Have your say on new housing plans for Seven Brethren

View over river to Seven Brethren

Posted on: 2 July 2019

Local residents and businesses are invited to a public consultation event next week, to comment on plans for an exciting new waterfront development at Seven Brethren in Barnstaple.

With the plans to provide a new swimming pool and leisure facilities at Tarka Tennis Centre getting close to fruition, North Devon Council is moving forward with plans to redevelop the current North Devon Leisure Centre site.

Last year the council was awarded a £2.2m grant from the government Land Release Fund (LRF), introduced to help councils unlock land for residential development. The grant will fund flood mitigation work and contribute to highway improvements, allowing the council to develop the site of the old leisure centre and move the long stay car park.

Before submitting its designs the council wants the public to take a look at the plans, which will be on display at North Devon Leisure Centre on Thursday 11 July from midday to 6.30pm. Architects from Exeter-based LHC Design and the council’s regeneration team will be on hand to explain the designs and answer any questions.

Seven Brethren masterplan

The plan allows for up to 245 units of accommodation, including apartments and town houses, on the site of the current leisure centre and existing long-stay car park. There will be a mix of retirement properties and family homes, with 30% allocated for much-needed affordable housing.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, said: “We were very fortunate last year to be awarded over £2m from the LRF and this provides us with an exciting opportunity. We want the communities of Barnstaple and North Devon as a whole to be part of this development and I would encourage as many of you as possible to get involved with the consultation.

“The work we’ve done so far has identified a lack of housing options in the town centre and relocating the leisure centre provides the opportunity to regenerate a prime riverside location. We want to make the best use of this site with a high quality development and designs that will enhance the riverside and reflect the character of Taw Vale.

“The need for affordable housing is as pressing as ever and securing this site for housing will help meet the needs of our community. It’s a big project and we’ve been working with partners, including Devon County Council and the Environment Agency, to make sure we get the infrastructure right for the town. Please come along on the 11th to look at the plans or have your say online.”

Following the consultation, the council will revise its plans based on community feedback and before submitting them to planning. There will be further opportunities to comment as part of the planning process.

The plans will be available on the council’s website, with the opportunity to comment from Friday 12 July until Friday 26 July. Go to www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultation to have your say.

7 comments on “Have your say on new housing plans for Seven Brethren

  1. Denise Austin says:

    I would be really keen to explore out door beach volleyball courts like those at http://www.yellowave.co.uk is there any opportunity to be involved in any of the provision of outdoor recreation facilities.

  2. Keith Hurst says:

    Where are all the cars going to go – from those “belonging” to the 245 new “homes” and those displaced from the existing large car park? As it is, many walk from the car park into town to shop. Do you want to see even further decline in High Street and market shopping?

  3. Helen Chugg says:

    Bus transport links will be required, along with infrastructure of medical centre and or doctors surgery, as already, Anchor wood has put the sticklepath catchment too large for existing resources.
    The use of the area for fairground and travellers will not be safe if residential is placed there, and moving the toleration site is not possible without moving the fairground.
    Resident boat owners and towpath users will have to be accommodated sensitively.

  4. Chris Smith says:

    What us a toleration site?

    • Mair says:

      Hi Chris, a toleration site is a space provided for temporary and short term stays for travellers when they are in the area. The current toleration site is between the long stay parking area of the Leisure Centre car park and Tarka Tennis. This area would be relocated as part of the development plans.

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