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View plans for Simon Maunder's proposals at East-the-Water wharves

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

NEW LOOK: Artist's impression of what the new marina could look like at East-the-Water if plans are approved.

NEW LOOK: Artist's impression of what the new marina could look like at East-the-Water if plans are approved.

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PEOPLE have the chance to view plans for a multi-million pound marina project in Bideford.

The town could be transformed if planning consent is granted to a development on three East-the-Water wharves.

On Monday Simon Maunder, of Oceanside Developments, is holding a public presentation to give people the chance to view his proposals for the site.

The wharves – Brunswick, Queens and Clarence – have been derelict for decades but could be turned into homes, restaurants and shops, subject to planning consent.

Mr Maunder said the development could be a catalyst for more things to happen in Bideford.

There have been a number of amendments to the original plans, including an increase in restaurant and café space.

Mr Maunder said: "There have been discussions with a number of people and national brands have expressed an interest.

"In an ideal world we would like to create North Devon's top restaurant."

Mr Maunder said people were invited to see what the company has in mind for the site.

He said: "We hope to submit the planning application this side of Christmas.

"It should be fully operational by 2016 if we are given the green light and the approval doesn't come with too many complexities."

Mr Maunder said the project could create up to 100 jobs and would bring prosperity to the region.

There will also be space for small marine related business to trade inside beach huts along the development.

If approved the development could see a mixture of 50 homes comprising of town houses, flats and maisonettes.

There could also be 10 commercial premises and 12 business huts.

Mr Maunder said: "I will be proud of it when it is done. It is my way of giving something back to my town.

"Grainge Architects interpreted the design brief quite brilliantly. Without their input the scheme wouldn't have come to where it is now."

Philip Collins, leader of Torridge District Council, said: "The council is very much open for business.

"We want to encourage sustainable quality developments throughout the district which will bring economic benefits to the wider community and employment opportunities, especially for young people."

The presentation will be at the Royal Hotel, Bideford, on Monday from midday to 8pm.

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