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Possible new look for Barnstaple Civic Centre

Artists impression of how the Civic Centre might look Credit: Peregrine Mears Architects

Following North Devon Council's recent decision to vacate the Civic Centgre in Barnstaple, a local firm of architects has come up with a plan to convert the building into apartments.

Barnstaple based Peregrine Mears Architects feel that the property could be put to better use by being tranformed into residential apartments.

Practice director Peregrine Mears commented:

“Whilst there is not a lot of love locally for the civic centre, maybe the time is right to consider an alternative use that will take the building into the 21st century. We believe the building is capable of conversion to residential use."

There are many unloved tower blocks from the 1960’s elsewhere in the UK that have been given a new lease of life by converting them to residential use, so why not here?” "

Pub protestors given deadline to leave

The Borough Arms, Barnstaple Credit: ITV News West Country

The Occupiers of a Barnstaple pub threatened with demolition have been given until today to leave. The residents of the Forches Estate in Barnstaple have been protesting at The Borough Arms for two weeks after plans were approved for flats and housing on the site.

The letter telling the occupants to leave the pub Credit: ITV News West Country

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A week on, the Barnstaple pub occupiers are still there

A scene from the outside of the pub building. Credit: ITV News/Seth Conway

The occupiers of a Barnstaple pub want the owner to sell it back to the community. The Borough Arms was given planning permission last week to be turned into homes and flats.

But locals have moved in and now a week on they're asking Chichester Homes Developments to return the building so they can use it for community purposes.

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Row over pub planning permission

Locals have joined the direct action protest at The Borough Arms pub in Barnstaple. The supporters of the occupation say the pub mustn't be demolished to make way for houses and flats.

Locals occupy the Borough Arms while a judicial review takes place Credit: ITV News West Country

They say it should be a community facility. The developer Chichester Homes won planning permission last week to convert the premises into properties.

The Borough Arms is due to be knocked down and turned into flats Credit: ITV News West Country

Fire crews dealing with house fire in Barnstaple

The detached house is well ablaze. Credit: Fiona Laing

Fire crews in North Devon have been dealing with a large house fire at Bickington in Barnstaple.

The detached property, believed to be empty for some time, is next to the Old Barn Inn on Bickington Road.

Viewer Fiona Laing who lives nearby sent us these photos, which shows the roof of the house completely destroyed.

Fire crews at the property next to the Old Barn Inn in Bickington. Credit: Fiona Laing

Devon police carry out major search for missing man

55 year old Christopher Barrow has been missing since Monday Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police in Devon have been carrying out a major search for a 55 year old man after he went missing from his home in Barnstaple.

Christopher Barrow left his Swimbridge home around 1:30pm on Monday with his dog. A police helicopter, Dartmoor and Exmoor Rescue Groups and Devon Cave Search and Rescue are all involved in the search.

Mr Barrow was last seen wearing a red top, blue jeans, tan-coloured work boots and possibly a green jacket.

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