A market town could be transformed if major development plans are approved.
West Devon Borough Council received outline plans for the redevelopment of Hatherleigh Market.
The proposals are to revamp the town’s livestock market which is owned by Vicks Auctioneers. The site is on the South West corner of the town and is close to the abattoir.
A medical centre, 102 homes, 14 sheltered houses, retail space and a supermarket are included in the plans. Space for a new market has also been included.
The scheme is centred on a new town square. This could become the new home for weekly pannier markets and civic events.
Part of the plans have been prepared by Clifton Emery Design on behalf of Vicks Auctioneers.
Neil Emery, director of Clifton Emery Design, said: “The proposals for Hatherleigh Market have been developed over a number of years in close liaison with the Town Council, West Devon and people in the local community.
“As a result of this, the plan reflects many of the aspirations that have been identified to the design team throughout that period.
“The submission of the planning application was actually delayed by a year so that the scheme could take account of the findings of the Hatherleigh Community Plan which was prepared by local people as part of the Plan It process.
“The resulting illustrative plan comprises a mix of housing, employment space, community space and a medical centre within a development designed to complement the historic qualities of Hatherleigh.
“The scheme is centred on a large new town square. It is intended that this would become the focus of for the scheme and for the weekly pannier market and other civic events.
“The proposals have been designed to inspire regeneration and look to support the economy of existing businesses in the town.”
Graeme Willgress, who lives in Hatherleigh, said believed the town needs to grow.
He said: “We need to grow and develop. I would like to see towns like Hatherleigh developed rather than new towns being built.
“It is a major change for those who have lived here for generations. People need to be consulted and allowed to talk about their fears.”