Have your say on exciting improvements in Barnstaple
17 January 2022
Local residents are being invited to have their say in a public consultation about a number of improvements coming to Barnstaple town centre.
North Devon Council recently embarked upon a series of projects to renew and reshape the town centre, thanks to funding from the Government's national Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) programme. The projects aim to improve the community's experience of the town, drive growth and ensure future sustainability - and the council wants to know what North Devon's residents think about progress so far.
Barnstaple's FHSF project is the creation of the ‘Market Quarter’, which has four distinct strands:
- Pannier Market - reinventing and diversifying the market into a flexible space for a more varied and ambitious programme of markets, events and community gatherings
- Boutport Street development - restoring and renovating the historic 36/37 Boutport Street into an exciting mixed-use development of workspace and town centre living, and creating a vital pedestrian gateway to the town
- Queen Street car park - changing and improving the main vehicular access routes into the Queen Street car park and redesigning the layout to create a clear pedestrian pathway to the town
- Butchers Row and Cross Street - pedestrianising (10am-4pm) the most distinctive street in the town, allowing traders to spill onto the street and visitors to eat and drink al fresco. This will connect the historic core of Barnstaple to the river front
The Market Quarter schemes were developed following extensive consultation with local people, the business community and partner organisations as the council looked to develop a future vision for the town with their 'Barnstaple Vision' initiative. The projects are being funded by a £6.5m allocation from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) programme, with £4.4m match funding from North Devon Council.
The council started work on the projects in August last year when they appointed a design team which includes Oxford Architects, Method Ltd (Mechanical & Engineering) and Clarkebond (Structural Engineering). These companies, together with the separately appointed Gates (Quantity Surveyors) and Currie & Brown (Project Management), will help bring the four interventions to fruition.
Concept designs for the Market Quarter projects have been developed through key stakeholder feedback and specialist surveys. Members of the public will have the opportunity to help develop these concepts further, ready for planning permission submission in Spring 2022.
Lead Member for Economic Development and Regeneration at North Devon Council, Councillor Malcolm Prowse says: "We are incredibly excited about the improvements coming to our town centre, which will help make Barnstaple a destination town that we can really feel proud of. The Market Quarter schemes were developed after we invited the community to tell us what changes they wanted to see in the town centre and we believe it's vital to keep talking to those who live, work in and visit the town throughout the delivery of the four projects. This means we will be periodically asking the North Devon community to share ideas and thoughts at key stages, like this one. We'd like to invite all of our residents to take part in this consultation to ensure their voices are heard and everyone gets a say on the implementation of the projects."
The consultation will start on Friday 21 January and will be open for six weeks, until Friday 4 March. Residents can find out more and participate by visiting Barnstaple Pannier Market on Friday 21 January between 10am and 3.30pm, where the Market Quarter project team will be on hand to answer questions. From Monday 24 January, information boards will be displayed - and surveys available to complete - at Green Lanes Shopping Centre. The survey and associated information will also be available on the council website at Market Quarter Consultation.
More information about Barnstaple's Future High Street Fund's journey is available on the council's website: www.northdevon.gov.uk/the-market-quarter-barnstaple.