Next stage for development site

Bideford’s key regeneration site has entered the second stage of development.

ONE OF the hottest regeneration sites in North Devon has entered the second stage of finding a suitable developer to create a new waterfront attraction.

Proposals for the East-the-Water Wharves site have been shortlisted by Torridge District Council, the Chamber of Commerce, Bideford Bridge Trust, and other local bodies.

An unspecified number of interested parties have now been invited to expand their ideas, working on a detailed proposal for the site.

Torridge District Council is still keeping the ideas submitted under wraps, but Cllr Roger Johnson said there was an ‘interesting and varied’ selection.

Mr Johnson said: “There is certainly an interesting mix; some of the proposals are quite different.

“Most are from local organisations, or at least within the South West, and one national company as well.

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“We want something that is going to really benefit the area, and bring the most jobs and opportunities.”

Vanessa Saunders, special projects manager at the council, said: “We can’t really say too much at the moment, but we have asked the developers to work to the brief, which outlines a ‘caf� culture’, with perhaps a piazza where people will want to dine out or enjoy a glass of wine.

“The brief talks about some housing, and making use of the waterfront location, whether this is with some leisure moorings or something different.

“There is also a retail element, which would probably draw on a national retailer, but focusing on the caf� element, not something like M&S.”

The detailed proposals should be completed by the end of July, and will go to Torridge’s Community and Resources committee in August.

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