PLANS for the regeneration of Bideford have taken a step forward with the appointment of a specialist team to draw up proposals for the transformation of five key sites in the town. The sites at the former livestock market, Kingsley Road, The Pill, Bridge

PLANS for the regeneration of Bideford have taken a step forward with the appointment of a specialist team to draw up proposals for the transformation of five key sites in the town.The sites at the former livestock market, Kingsley Road, The Pill, Bridge Street and the Brunswick and Clarence Wharves have been earmarked to kick-start the regeneration process in the town following a local master-planning and consultation process last year.The next phase of work will involve detailed surveys of each site and a full commercial analysis on how the regeneration schemes will maximise the economic benefit for Bideford and the wider region. Property, regeneration and development specialists Savills are being appointed to carry out the master-planning work for each of the five sites.This will be jointly funded by the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Torridge District Council, Devon County Council and Bideford Town Council. Torridge Council leader Cllr James Morrish said: "The appointment of Savills will bring real quality and expertise to the project and will now enable TDC to complete its master plan for the identified sites." Bideford's deputy mayor and Bideford Regeneration Initiative representative Cllr Andy Powell said: "Members of the town council have worked on and supported BRI's objectives for almost five years. We are ecstatic that SWRDA is recognising what the BRI has achieved, particularly its efforts to consult with the public. "The appointment of Savills as agents for the five major projects is significant as this represents an important milestone in Bideford's plans for regeneration. We hope, too, that SWRDA's interest in Bideford will encourage others to support the range of smaller projects BRI has drawn up from the public consultation exercises, among which are plans to revitalise the Pollyfield Centre, Old Town Cemetery and Ford House woodland and the provision of a Centre of Excellence for youth groups and other community uses.