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.