Torridge District Council leader says council will aim to issue a new tender for Brunswick Wharf site - but the final decision is yet to be made.

The derelict Brunswick Wharf site in Bideford. Picture: Sarah HowellsThe derelict Brunswick Wharf site in Bideford. Picture: Sarah Howells

Torridge District Council has confirmed it now aims to retender the contract for Brunswick Wharf.

Last week the Gazette exclusively revealed councillors were not happy with new plans for the site.

They said a future planning application said to increase the amount of housing on the site was a step ‘too far’.

Now TDC council leader Jane Whittaker said the council’s opinion is that due to the conditions not being met, the contract has lapsed.

She said: “The council is still committed to delivering a development which is unique and exciting and one that complements and enhances Bideford as a whole and we will ensure that any re-tender truly meets the needs and aspirations of residents and the council.

“There have been significant delays since the preferred developer was chosen in 2013, largely as a result of the submission of further planning applications altering the composition and mix of the development.

The derelict Brunswick Wharf site in Bideford. Picture: Sarah HowellsThe derelict Brunswick Wharf site in Bideford. Picture: Sarah Howells

“Our aim will now be to retender the contract to progress the project, which has already taken far too long in many people’s minds.”

It is understood the council will meet with developer Simon Maunder before a final decision to re-tender the contract is made.

Mr Maunder told the Gazette last week: “To the best of my knowledge, we have met with our obligations on the contract conditions albeit that we have jointly not finalised the car park aspect with TDC, although we have been in regular consultation.”