Council wants more time to talk about how a new supermarket in the centre of Ivybridge might affect parking.

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South Hams District Council has long demonstrated its commitment to supporting the local economy and to bringing business into the area that will provide economic growth. 

But last week, the Executive Committee from South Hams decided that before it progresses any further with a proposal to bring a new supermarket into Ivybridge it wanted more time to address any parking challenges the project might cause and talk them through with the Town Council.

Cllr John Tucker, Leader of South Hams District Council said: "We listened to the people of Ivybridge and they have some very genuine concerns which we need to take into account.  One the face of it, the proposal will provide exactly the same amount of parking that there is now, but the Town Council are concerned that the new shop will attract extra visitors and therefore there needs to be extra parking.

"I would like to see this as an ongoing conversation with Ivybridge, on the one hand we have been approached with a very credible proposal from a national supermarket operator, which would add an extra dimension to what is on offer for residents in Ivybridge.  But we need to make sure that any plans which are drawn up and done with the local people who it might effect."

The proposal would see a new supermarket built on part of the existing Leonards Road carpark,  it is hoped that this location would encourage more people to do their supermarket shop locally and then walk into the town centre as opposed to using out of town retail parks.

To replace the car parking that would be lost at Leonards Road, the council are considering creating a multi-level carpark on the current short stay carpark. The council does not want to see the supermarket choose a location out of town close to the A38 that would keep people away from the Town Centre and have a negative effect on the economy of the town.

Now that the Council have agreed to delay the proposal so that they can talk more with the Town Council, it is likely that the proposal will be discussed again in the new year.