South Hams District Council wants to hear your thoughts about development proposals in Ivybridge and Kingsbridge.

Ivybridge and Kingsbridge proposal version2

A survey sharing the Council's revised plans for a supermarket in Ivybridge and another for the Ropewalk site in Kingsbridge will be running from Wednesday 15 January until Wednesday 19 February. 

In Ivybridge, the Council are looking at options to develop an Aldi store and improve the car parking in the centre of the town.  Plans to bring a supermarket to drive footfall into the town and support the high street have been in discussion for some time. 

The latest plans are for a smaller scheme that looks at key priorities, directly from public feedback, on previous versions of the plan. 

In Kingsbridge, the Ropewalk site is a plot of land behind the leisure centre.  Previously owned by Devon County Council and used as a resource centre, it was bought by the District Council in 2016 for development. 

The Council want to support regeneration and economic activity in the area so they've suggested some possible development options including housing or a hotel, but they are also asking for your suggestions too. 

Cllr Hilary Bastone, Deputy Leader for South Hams District Council, said: "We know that it's really important to get the future of Ivybridge and Kingsbridge right. 

"We listened previously to what Ivybridge residents told us about their priorities for the town and this new plan includes a lot of those ideas.  Now we want to hear what they think of our newly revised plans.

"In Kingsbridge, our options are open to what we could do with the site.  From previous consultations, we know that residents want a smaller scale development, which could centre on housing, employment or tourism to support the town's economy.  Our survey gives as much information as we can at this stage for some of the options, but there will be others which we have not thought of.  So we really look forward to residents' thoughts and answers.  It's your chance to shape the future of your community so please get involved and let us know your thoughts."

Both Ivybridge and Kingsbridge are big projects with clear benefits for each town which could increase footfall and give them a boost and would represent a significant financial investment from the District Council.

Change can cause an emotional response and the Council understands this and takes the views of residents seriously.  It is for that reason that they are conducting these surveys and hope that residents will take the time and trouble to complete it fairly and fully.

To complete the Kingsbridge survey, please visit: www.southhams.gov.uk/ropewalk

To complete the Ivybridge survey, please visit: www.southhams.gov.uk/ivybridge

Issued: 14 January 2020