Devon M5 Imax cinema and shops plan

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Image caption The scheme includes shops and an Imax cinema

A multimillion-pound proposal for a new retail and tourist attraction on the M5 in Devon has been announced.

A developer wants to create it on 230 acres of land next to the motorway at junction 27, near Tiverton.

The project would include shops, an Imax cinema, a hotel and conference facilities.

Uffculme Parish Council, which has traditionally opposed any development of the land, said it was too early to comment on the scheme.

The proposal is a joint project between a local developer, Mountstephen Advisors, and AXA Real Estate Investment Managers.

Town shops fear

The developer, who did not want to be interviewed at this stage, told BBC Radio Devon the scheme would also include a designer outlet village, a garden centre and something it is calling a Taste of Devon experience.

It claims the project would create 3,000 jobs.

Some residents raised concerns that shoppers could be drawn away from Tiverton town centre.

Peter Hare-Scott, the Conservative leader of Mid Devon Council, said: "I think it will bring more people to the area. What we are very keen to ensure is that any development does not take trade from Cullompton and Tiverton.

"I feel the proposals will not do that."

A planning application is yet to be submitted.

If it goes ahead, the development would be built on the eastern side of the M5, with a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking it to Tiverton Parkway railway station.

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