Torridge District Council and local developer Simon Maunder and his company Oceanside Developments have concluded discussions and signed contracts on the development of East the Water Wharves in Bideford. A delighted Torridge leader councillor Philip Collins said: “Torridge has been considering the potential development of this area for many years and remains determined that at the heart of any successful plan must be an attractive public open space with free waterside access and features and facilities that will enhance the enjoyment of Bideford residents and visitors alike. It’s been a long time coming but I’m very keen to progress this development, with really modern upmarket restaurants, shops and accommodation this will be a huge step in the regeneration of Bideford. The benefits will reach far beyond just the town but the wider Torridge and northern Devon area too.”
Simon Maunder, from Oceanside Developments, said: “This is a significant milestone in the development of the wharves. Torridge District Council has set the bar very high to ensure the scheme really works for Bideford. It will become a vibrant destination and the nautical leisure hub for the whole of North Devon. The waterfront public spaces are extensive and the residential aspect has been kept to a minimum, primarily to fund the associated Marina and other public amenities. It’s taken longer to get to this point than I envisaged, but I’m still as excited about it as I was two years ago when I submitted my bid alongside the many other interested parties. I truly appreciate that there is much at stake for Bideford and found that there were many different stakeholders who needed to be considered when devising the design detail. That phase is now complete and the actual build now moves to the forefront.”
Work on the wharves will start when the final planning and survey issues have been agreed this summer, with Bideford Marina hopefully opening to the public in 2016.