Special report: Do Bideford developments signal change in economic tide?
11:53 04 December 2013
The Gazette takes a look at a number of new proposals for the Bideford area as council leader says ‘tide is beginning to turn’.
THE leader of Torridge District Council has said the ‘tide is beginning to turn’ in Bideford with a wave of new development proposals.
Councillor Phillip Collins said recent plans, including more than 1,300 new houses bordering Clovelly Road, the development of Brunswick Wharf and plans for a marina at Knapp House, were a ‘positive step’ for the area.
“Brunswick Wharf has been a pivotal site which we believe could help turn regeneration on in the area,” he said.
“Once we get some development going on, other developers begin to look at the area and become interested.
“Having a lot of new houses doesn’t suit everybody, but more houses bring more people which should be good for business in the town.”
But Bideford town mayor, Cllr Simon Inch, said although the developments could be good for the town, they had come about very quickly.
“We have only just allocated these sites in the draft local plan and already there are two companies coming forward with these huge plans,” he said.
“I would have liked to have seen some more means of employment first, otherwise where will these people work?
“Bideford is moving forward which is great, but we must be careful these companies deliver what they are promising.”
Take a look at our round up of the proposals below, and click the links to read more detailed stories on each of them.
New homes at Clovelly Road?
A public exhibition will be held on Friday and Saturday to display outline plans for around 750 new homes in Bideford.
Bloor Homes will be hosting the consultation for land at Winsford Park, which lies adjacent the Atlantic Park site where work on a new Premier Inn and McDonald’s is underway.
People will be able to come along to Unit 34 in Atlantic Village on Friday from midday until 6pm and Saturday from 10am until 4pm.
The site is allocated for development in the North Devon and Torridge joint draft local plan. Mike Kerton, the company’s planning manager, said: “We are responding to the local plan proposals identifying this land for around 750 homes. We are consulting now to enable residents to help shape our initial concepts for the site.”
Last week, the Gazette also reported on Linden Homes’ plans for up to 600 new homes on the other side of the road to the rear of Atlantic Village.
To read more about the proposals, click here for the full story.
Brunswick Wharf plans gather pace
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.
To read more about the proposals and see an exclusive image of the site, click here for the full story.
Tantons Hotel up for sale
An historic Bideford hotel which has stood vacant since a major fire in June 2011 has been put up for sale.
The 53-bedroom Tantons Hotel has come under new instruction at a price guide of £300,000 - £400,000.
Paul Goss, of Huntley & Partners, told the Gazette: “It’s only been under instruction about a fortnight.
“We’ve had some interest from developers and existing hoteliers and are hoping to arrange some viewings this week.”
To read more on this story, click here for the full details.
Torridge Marina plans submitted
Plans for a ‘marina village’ at Knapp House in Northam have been submitted to Torridge District Council – despite being refused earlier this year.
An application for the 250-berth marina and up to 300 houses, which also included a hotel, care home, food store and doctor’s surgery, was refused in February.
But the developers, LTPH Properties Ltd have submitted new plans for the 52-acre site which, although largely similar, have attempted to overcome the reasons for refusal.
A new landscape framework document outlines how only development necessary to the marina would be located within the coastal protection zone.
A separate report has also been submitted to mitigate issues with noise complaints.
For more details, click here for the full story.
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