The tide is turning in the south of Bideford as new stores and houses bring the promise of jobs.At Atlantic Park, off Clovelly Road, work has now started on the Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre restaurant, which is set to open in early 2017. Meanwhile, the Aldi store next to McDonalds, which opened in October is nearing completion, with the opening set for July 28. Down the road, rival discount retailer Lidl is planning to open its doors in December. Lidl UKs regional head of property, James Mitchell, said: Theres been much anticipation for this new Lidl store and its great that we are now in a position to break the ground and start the build. We are extremely grateful for all the support that we have received so far, and would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding whilst we enter this next phase of the development. At Atlantic Village, a new Peacocks store, opening on June 30, will make it a full-house for the shopping mall. Centre manager Jean Sharples said: We are delighted to announce that Peacocks will be coming to Atlantic Village, which will see all our stores in the mall fully let and hope that shoppers will enjoy the extra choice of brands available. People are really looking forward to what the Atlantic Park development will bring to Bideford. It will be another chapter in the towns development. As well as expanded retail offerings, plans for 750 homes and a primary school behind Atlantic Park have been approved. And on the opposite side of Clovelly Road, developers are awaiting a decision on 550 new homes. Torridge District Councils lead member of the economy, John Himan, said the ongoing and accelerated retail expansion was good for jobs and consumer choice. He said: Recent housing development approvals will hopefully also provide employment and business opportunities for many of our local skilled tradesmen and suppliers. There will also be significant investment in infrastructure to support this and we hope that the combined effect will have noticeable and positive impact towards the economic growth and rejuvenation of the area. Scroll through our gallery (above) for more pictures of the Atlantic Park site in Bideford.Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news stories.