Business and Economy

Roundswell business park moves step closer

Roundswell bridge

Posted on: 16 November 2017

Proposals for a key employment site and park and change facility at Roundswell in Barnstaple have moved a step closer.

Devon County Council’s Roundswell South Business Park scheme has received support from North Devon Council’s Planning Committee, which has made a resolution to grant outline planning permission subject to conditions.

The first phase of infrastructure development is already in place at the site earmarked for mixed business use, which is located to the south of Barnstaple and the A39.

The County Council has increased capacity at Roundswell roundabout and an additional roundabout has been constructed to the east of the site on the B3232, which would form the access. With funding support from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSWLEP), a new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking sites in the Roundswell area also opened to the public last month.

The site at Roundswell is allocated for employment development and a park and ride in the emerging Local Plan to 2031. The Council’s scheme includes proposals to open up 10.5 acres of land, and a park and change facility which would provide around 155 car parking spaces as well as cycle parking and storage.

Councillor Stuart Barker

Councillor Stuart Barker, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, said: “This new employment site will support growth in Barnstaple and the wider northern Devon area, offering the potential to generate over 350 jobs. It will aim to attract high value employment and encourage business growth, innovation and retention of graduates in the area.”

Councillor Frank Biederman

Councillor Frank Biederman, Devon County Councillor for Fremington Rural, said: “I am delighted my push for this fantastic opportunity is moving forward, I believe we need this type of scheme to give new employment opportunities to our young people and to keep them in North Devon, especially as it is likely to be higher paid jobs.

“I also believe the introduction of a park and change facility will help alleviate some of the congestion in the area. I would like to thank officers and the County Council’s Cabinet for their endeavours so far to help push this forward and continued efforts to secure the funding needed to enable this opportunity to become a reality for the area.”

The site is similar to the successful Okehampton East Business Park development where Devon County Council has the remaining approx.4.5 acres currently on the market with the Council’s property agents NPS South West.

The Roundswell South Business Park project is expected to go before Devon County Council’s Cabinet early next year for approval for further investment in works to prepare the site, subject to funding.

Businesses who are interested in moving to Roundswell or any of Devon County Council’s business parks are invited to contact the Council’s property agents NPS South West, Diane Rider on 01392 351209 or Chris Liversidge on 01329 351053.

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