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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
People have their say as Brunswick wharf scheme unveiled at public exhibition.
MULTI million plans for development of Bideford’s Brunswick Wharf were met with enthusiasm at a public exhibition, say developers.
More than 100 people visited the Royal Hotel opposite the East-the-Water wharves site to view the proposals for a marina, riverside walkway, 52 homes and 10 harbour side commercial units for cafes or restaurants.
Simon Maunder, director of Oceanside Developments, told the Gazette the event had gone very well and they estimated some 80 per cent of visitors had been in favour of the scheme, which takes in Brunswick, Queens and Clarence wharves.
“I would say 20 per cent had further questions or issues, but were not necessarily against it,” he said.
“Even the people who lived behind and would lose a little of their view generally still supported it. The general feeling is that something needs to be done and it has been a long time coming.”
He said the harbour master had flagged up issues relating to plans to dredge an area for the marina, but this was something they could have further discussion on.
Local couple David and Margaret Lovell were fairly impressed: “When I walked in the first thing I thought was ‘I like it’,” Mr Lovell said.
“The first thing that caught my eye was the residences, and you have got to have that, otherwise when everybody goes home the whole site is left empty.”
Mrs Lovell added: “It’s nice to see this area used again and it’s the sort of development that would suit it.”
Bideford resident George Douglas also said he liked it: “You can’t actually see this from our house but we live quite close, so we have been very interested in this area.
“I am impressed; I like the architectural form to it and the marina. They are aiming at the ‘silver pound’ and it seems to be pitched right in terms of price and size, it looks a very good development.
“The one point I would have wanted was a riverside walkway and they have done that beautifully.”
Images and more information on the proposals can be found at www.bidefordmarina.co.uk
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