Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Gazette takes an exclusive first look at the highly anticipated plans for the East-the-Water Wharves in Bideford.
DETAILED plans for the development of Brunswick Wharf in Bideford are set to be unveiled at a public exhibition next week.
Highly-anticipated proposals for the derelict East-the-Water wharves site will go on display at the Royal Hotel on Monday, before they are submitted to Torridge District Council this month.
But the Gazette has been granted an exclusive first look at proposals which could transform the key riverside site for generations to enjoy.
Speaking to the Gazette on Monday, Simon Maunder, director of Oceanside Developments, said he hoped to ‘create a catalyst for Bideford’ which would bring people in from the roads, walkways, Tarka Trail and the river.
“At the moment the entrance into Bideford through East-the-Water is very cold with the derelict buildings there and we want to transform this,” he said.
“We have based the buildings on the historical ones that used to sit on the wharves.
“I have also been speaking to the Atlantic Maritime Project about their idea to get historic vessels to moor in the town for free to attract visitors.
“Bideford has its working port which is fantastic and now this side will really make the most of the river and cater for the leisure use of it.”
Plans for the disused wharf include a marina, walkways and floating pontoons.
It would harbour 10 units for higher end cafés and restaurants, and there would be a number of beach hut trading stands along the riverside.
The blueprint also outlines around 50 flats and town houses.
“We’re looking to inspire the semi-retired generation, who want to come out and have something to eat and not be intimidated by the nightlife,” said Mr Maunder.
It is estimated that, subject to approval, the new development could be completed by 2016, creating around 100 new long-term jobs.
Mr Maunder, who was announced as the chosen developer in June, said the river will be dredged, the sea wall repaired and the three original wharves – Queen’s Warf, Clarence Wharf and Brunswick Wharf – restored.
Mr Maunder said: “I had planned to do something like this at Richmond Dock – the research I have done shows there is such a strong market for it.
“When I saw the design concept for Brunswick Wharf a lot of it was very similar and I thought this would be the perfect place for it.”
“People can come in and moor their boat, grab something to eat and then set sail again on the next tide.”
A public exhibition will be held in the Kingsley Room of the Royal Hotel in Bideford on Monday, from midday until 8pm.