Devon

Okehampton business park proposal announced

Proposed lay out for the business park Image copyright Devon County Council
Image caption The council hopes the development would create 150 jobs

Plans for a 20-acre business park aimed at creating 150 jobs in a Devon town have been unveiled.

Devon County Council is hoping the development in Okehampton will "bring new business" as well as supporting existing local firms.

The authority will submit a planning application for a site to the east of the town later this month.

An exhibition about the proposals will be on show at Okehampton's Business Support Centre on 9 April.

Andrew Leadbetter, cabinet member for economy and growth, said: "Okehampton has had a particularly difficult time in recent years and the impact on employment has been considerable."

Private sector

He added: "Interest so far for a business park has been encouraging, both from the town itself and further afield.

"The idea here is to stimulate private sector interest and we hope this will lead to the creation of 150 jobs, plus a further 50 or so indirectly."

Councillor Kevin Ball, who represents Okehampton Rural, said: "There are a number of existing businesses who would benefit from the opportunity to move to a larger area."

Devon County Council said in a statement it was keeping "an open mind" about the types of businesses.

"Our job is to prepare individual development plots and then aim to attract private sector investment."

In February it was revealed Network Rail had chosen an additional alternative railway route to the storm-stricken Dawlish line, which would head from Okehampton to Plymouth via Tavistock and go through parts of Dartmoor National Park.

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