AN application for change of use at Barnstaple Pannier Market is to be re-submitted.
North Devon Council’s Executive were asked to give approval to apply for planning permission on the site.
An application was submitted by Vanessa Harrison from North Devon Council, which owns the site, on February 5 to change to use from A1 to A1 and D2 to allow for events.
The Journal reported on March 14 that concerns had been raised by Christopher Punt about the validity of the application.
He also claimed it should have been submitted years ago as the Pannier Market has been used for events for some time.
The application was then withdrawn on March 25 but no reason was given for this on the council’s website.
A report was prepared for Executive members prior to Tuesday’s meeting stating there “is scope to use the building for a range of different activities outside of the times when the market is operating, in order to attract shoppers and visitors into the town, and to provide space for community activity in the heart of Barnstaple.”
It requested members approve a proposal to apply for planning permission.
Counillor Faye Webber said: “We have been trying to get this done for a long, long time so we can make best use of the market.”
Councillor Malcolm Prowse added: “It is something we desperately need to do. We have the support of the whole town apart from one individual.”
Members unanimously approved the proposal.