Time is running out to have your say on Seven Brethren housing consultation
Posted on: 22 July 2019
Local residents and businesses are being reminded to have their say in a public consultation on plans for an exciting new waterfront development at Seven Brethren in Barnstaple.
North Devon Council is moving forward with its proposal to redevelop the current North Devon Leisure Centre site, while plans to provide a new swimming pool and leisure facilities adjoining Tarka Tennis Centre are getting close to being realised. The current leisure centre will close once the replacement facility has been built and is open, to ensure a seamless transition for users.
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.
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 affordable housing.
Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, said: “We would like to hear from as many local people as possible on the housing plans for Seven Brethren and the best way to have your say is to take part in the consultation.
“The grant we were awarded last year has given us a really exciting opportunity to resolve the problem we have with a lack of housing options in the town centre, including the need for more affordable housing. We believe the high quality developments and designs in the plans will enhance this prime riverside location and meet the needs of our community.
“We will continue to work with Devon County Council and the Environment Agency to ensure the decisions we make are the right ones for Barnstaple and its residents. Please let us know your thoughts before the consultation closes on 26 July.”
There will be further opportunities to comment as part of the planning process once the council has submitted its plans to planning.
The plans will be available on the council’s website, with the opportunity to comment until Friday 26 July. Go to www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultation to have your say.Posted in: