The Devonian town of Ivybridge is slated for £ 9 million renovation, including building an Aldi supermarket – but not a pub.
At a full South Hams District Council meeting, it was agreed to move forward with the proposals that it hopes will generate an economic boost to revitalize the city.
The city councils examined the associated risks and the technical and economic viability of the project in detail. The regeneration plans include the development of a parking lot on Leonards Road with an Aldi discounter, a proposal that is largely supported by the locals.
It is estimated that the proposed business could create between 30 and 40 jobs, with up to 100 buyers being able to use the business at a time, and likely to use other urban facilities in the area. This is backed up by 90 minutes of free in-store parking, although the average store visits are 30 minutes, the city council said.
The councilors agreed that the plan would make the redevelopment of Ivybridge town center successful and should now proceed to the detailed design phase required before a planning request is made. If the project continues through to construction, the cost to the local council will be £ 9 million.
Cllr Hilary Bastone, SHDC Assistant Director, said, “The decision to make this significant investment in this project is good news for everyone involved in developing these proposals, including the Ivybridge City Council and Ivybridge Chamber of Commerce .
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“By maintaining close consultation with local stakeholders, we can be sure that we have a proposal that really reflects the wants and needs of the local population.
“However, we know that there are still many hurdles to overcome, including the formal planning phase. That is why it is very important to us that we continue to speak to the people who live and work in the city and continue to discuss this project.
“By signing up for email and getting involved, locals can make sure their voices are heard and give Ivybridge the boost it deserves.”
Councilors listened carefully to the public feedback as residents said they did not want a drive through or pub in the Ivybridge regeneration proposals.
As a result, the proposals are slated for a smaller program that will focus on key priorities to help fuel the city’s growth, the city council said.