Plans to enhance The Strand in Barnstaple will proceed, following a meeting of North Devon Council’s Executive on Monday 5 December.

The council’s ambition for The Strand is to create a vibrant and busy leisure space, making the most of the waterfront and historic architecture. These ambitions are echoed in the Barnstaple Coastal Community Team’s Economic Plan, created following public consultation events in the town. To achieve this the council has agreed to offer an area of land on the eastern end of the Strand to a third party, to deliver better use of the area and promote a cafe culture.

The area of land, which was once a fish market, is on the bridge side of the Tea on the Taw cafe. Expressions of Interest will be sought to select a third party to deliver a scheme to enhance the area.

Executive Member for Economic Development, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “As the Anchorwood Bank development proceeds, there will be a shift of interest to the riverside and The Strand has real potential as a great place to eat, drink, relax and enjoy events in the town. We hope that by making some improvements to the look and feel of the Strand, and exploring ways of making better use of the fish market site next to Tea on the Taw, we can make it a more vibrant and attractive place for people to enjoy their leisure time.”

Meanwhile, the Queen Anne’s building (which was home to Barnstaple Heritage Centre) will be marketed in January 2017. The council hopes to find interest in the building as a cafe, restaurant or similar leisure use.

For more information about the enhancement of The Strand, email Read the Barnstaple Coastal Community Team’s economic plan for the town online at