Potential uses for the area next to Long Bridge could include a family pub/restaurant, a hotel, specialist assisted living homes and heritage interpretation space.

The team is currently working with Historic England and North Devon Council to develop detailed plans - these will be exhibited to the public before a planning application in made.

Long Bridge and the Oliver Buildings

The Long Bridge area includes the Oliver Buildings which housed parts of the showroom and offices of the Shapland and Petter furniture company. The area is key to the regeneration and completion of the Anchorwood Bank site.

The buildings have Grade 2 listing status and have long been in a poor state of repair. These factors, and the requirements for flood protection, present some major challenges to the objective of creating a modern day iconic space for Barnstaple.

The development team has been working with experts to consider viable future commercial uses for the area that will achieve the objectives of reinvigorating a derelict space, whilst also respecting the historic setting.

Finding a viable use for the area is essential if we are to create the public realm and attractive architecture that has always been desired for this part of the site to create the link between the town centre and Anchorwood Bank.