Barnstaple Market District consultation – have your say

Local residents are running out of time to speak out during a public consultation on upcoming improvements to Barnstaple town centre.

North Devon Council has recently embarked on a series of projects to renew and reshape the town centre, with funding from the government’s national Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) scheme. The projects aim to enhance the city’s community experience, stimulate growth and ensure future sustainability. The council launched a consultation in January to find out what people in North Devon think of the progress made so far, which will end on Friday March 4.

Barnstaple’s FHSF project is the creation of the “Market Quarter”, which has four distinct components:

  • Pannier Market – reinventing and diversifying the market into a flexible space for a more varied and ambitious program of markets, events and community gatherings
  • Boutport Street Development – ​​restoring and renovating historic 36/37 Boutport Street into an exciting mixed-use development of downtown working and living space, and creating a vital pedestrian gateway to the city
  • Queen Street Car Park – modification and improvement of the main vehicle access routes to Queen Street Car Park and redesigned layout to create a clear pedestrian route into the city
  • Butchers Row and Cross Street – pedestrianized (10am-4pm) the city’s most distinctive street, allowing shopkeepers to spill out onto the street and visitors to eat and drink al fresco. This will link the historic core of Barnstaple to the riverside

Senior Member of Economic Development and Regeneration at North Devon Council, Councilor Malcolm Prowse said: ‘There are just a few days left to take part in the Market Quarter consultation and we urge you to give your input while there’s still time. We’re incredibly excited about the improvements coming to Barnstaple and believe they will make it a town we can truly be proud of.

“We always sought the views of our local community throughout the project; the Market Quarter concepts were developed after inviting local residents, businesses and other stakeholders to tell us what changes they wanted to see in downtown. It’s so important to keep that dialogue going so that those who live, work and visit the city can help shape the plans as we move forward.”

The plans for the market district were drawn up following extensive consultation with local people, the business community and partner organizations as the council sought to develop a future vision for the town with its ‘Barnstaple Vision’ initiative. . The projects are being funded by a £6.5m allocation from the government’s Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) scheme, with matching funding of £4.4m from North Devon Council.

The council began work on the projects in August last year when it appointed a design team which includes Oxford Architects, Method Ltd (mechanical and engineering) and Clarkebond (structural engineering). These companies, along with Gates (Quantity Surveyors) and Currie and Brown (Project Management), named separately, will help carry out the four interventions.

Conceptual designs for the Market Quarter projects were developed through input from key stakeholders and expert surveys. Members of the public will have the opportunity to help further develop these concepts, ready for building permit submission this spring.

The consultation will be open until Friday 4 March. Residents can find out more and get involved by visiting the Green Lanes shopping center, where information boards are posted. The survey and related information – as well as other project information – is also available on the Barnstaple.co.uk website.

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