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Atlantic Park plans not out of the woods

10:12 08 May 2013

The site of the proposed development opposite Atlantic Village.

The site of the proposed development opposite Atlantic Village.

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Will wood worries scupper Bideford hotel and drive-through plans?

COUNCILLORS are being advised to reject plans for a Premier Inn hotel, Brewers Fayre restaurant and McDonald’s drive-through in Bideford at a meeting this week.

Proposals that could create 120 new jobs in the town are being recommended for refusal due to concerns about the loss of woodland.

Separate planning applications for advertising signs are also deemed unacceptable by Torridge District Council officers due to their ‘excessive’ height.

The six different planning proposals for the Atlantic Park development on a site opposite Atlantic Village will be determined at Bideford Town Hall tomorrow morning (Thursday).

The council has received 49 letters of objections to Whitbread’s plans for a 70-bed, three-storey hotel and restaurant, car park, together with access.

McDonald’s plans for an 85-cover restaurant prompted 31 objection letters.

Concerns for both applications centred on the felling of the trees, the impact on the town centre and the applicants’ commercial business operations.

No letters of support were received for either application.

A report to councillors said: “While your officers are supportive in principle to this development and recognise the economic benefits that would accrue from the hotel and restaurant, it is considered that such landscaping/tree planting is a vital element of the consideration of this proposal which is located alongside the busy access road into Bideford.”

For the outcome for these and other applications being discussed at tomorrow’s meeting, visit this website or see next week’s Gazette.

3 comments

  • I cannot believe that Torridge Distict Council would be so stupid as to oppose the building of the Atlantic Park construction. Do they only see the end of their noses. This will be good for Bideford as it will create an affordable place to stay and eat whilst creating employment for may of our local unemployed. We need people in council with the ability to say yes. Don't dither be positive say yes. I say that this is a good move on behalf of the development and if Torridge District Council votes NO! then it will be a sad day for Bideford and yet another show of weekness by our local council who forever try to give the impression that they want the county to prosper and grow. Shame on you all.

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    ukiped

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • I think that this article should have been a bit more even handed. The part that said "'no letters of support" is not strictly true. During the first consultation there was actually a 75% in favour rate of the development! 125 'response forms' were received by the developers of which 93 supported the proposal whilst 25 'raised concerns' with 7 mixed. This was found on the green party website: Whitbread are behind the Premier Inn and their spokesman claimed there would be a 70% carbon saving and 60% water saving over their traditional hotel design. In addition they would be harvesting rainwater to allow all toilets to be flushed with it. There would also be solar panels and the area surrounding the building is to be managed by Devon Wildlife who will seek to ‘improve the biodiversity’ – after the trees are removed - although the trees in this area form part of a plantation established in the early 1960s which is now due to be harvested. So I find it strange that they seem to be the ones most against this development

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    Crankycalf

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

  • I agree 100% with ukiped bideford needs this development if the council turns down this development it gives out a message we don't need jobs here or investment bideford is in desperate need of jobs any jobs full time or part time so come on TDC do the right thing for bideford you always listen to people who complain about developments but i'm sure most people in bideford would welcome this!!!!!

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    matt1

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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