CONSTRUCTION of one of the biggest ever commercial developments in Bideford is likely to start within days now the legal agreements are being finalised.
Atlantic Park will be built on Clovelly Road opposite Atlantic Village and include the first McDonald’s in Torridge.
The owner of the Atlantic Park site, Wessex Projects Ltd, secured Whitbread Group PLC as the operator of the site. Whitbread then chose Brewers Fayre to run the restaurant and Premier Inn to run the 70-bedroomed hotel.
McDonald’s submitted a separate application for an 85-cover drive-through restaurant.
The multi-million pound development was given the green light by Torridge District Council’s plans committee in May.
As well as the 120 jobs that will be created by the Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre and McDonald’s, an estimated 200 people will be needed to develop the site.
Maria Bailey, the planning agent for the developers, said the final legal agreements were on the verge of being completed meaning the work could start any day.
She said: “People won’t be able to see buildings being built straight away as there is further landscaping work yet to be done and the roads will have to be constructed first.
“The different units will open all at the same time and it is expected they will open at some point next year.
“There has been a delay since the planning permission was given due to the legal agreements needing to be finalised.”
Paul Phipps, the president of Bideford Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are very pleased they have ironed out the final hitches. Everything seems to be resolved and the chamber is very happy.
“Torridge is starting to push things forward like this and there seems to be a more positive stance.
“This development will create more employment, will encourage people into the area and will raise our presence in the commercial world.”
Councillor Philip Collins, the leader of Torridge District Council, said: “I’ve been saying since I became leader of Torridge that our top priorities are jobs and the economy.
“Developments like these have their supporters and objectors of course, but I am pleased it is under way.
“It will stimulate our local economy and should provide much needed employment opportunities for years to come.”