Once complete the site will have generated at least £3million in contributions to projects that will benefit Barnstaple including flood protection works on site and at Seven Brethren, improvements to the town centre and to local pedestrian and cycle links including the Tarka Trail route and a new nature reserve with public access.

Site layout and design

The overall site layout for Anchorwood Bank has already been determined by the planning permission granted in 2013.

Vehicle access is via a new signal controlled junction on the A3215 with the new ASDA store to the west of the access and the new retail and restaurant area to the east. 

New homes will be located on the riverfront side of the development, ensuring an attractive view from the northern bank and a pleasant living environment. The final area to be developed is adjacent to Long Bridge and is occupied by the Oliver Buildings.

Outside space has always been a priority and the whole site has been laid out so that visitors and locals alike are able to make the best use of Anchorwood Bank’s inspiring location. A nature reserve is being created to the west of the Taw Bridge and the riverside walkway and cyclepath spans the entire boundary of the site connecting the Tarka Trail to Long Bridge. New public space will be created next to Long Bridge and there will be a large park allowing visitors to walk from the river to the centre of the site. Walkways, small piazzas and landscaped areas will be included throughout.

In the longer term, a footbridge to be delivered by Devon County Council and partially funded by the development will create a second link between Anchorwood Bank and Barnstaple town centre.

The architectural style of the whole of Anchorwood Bank is intended to reflect the site’s industrial and maritime history and respect the historic setting of Long Bridge.