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Green Light for Key Bideford Regeneration Site

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Torridge District Council has signed a contract with Red Earth Developments Ltd to develop East-The-Water Wharves.

The proposed scheme will be one of the most significant regeneration projects for Bideford, rejuvenating the water front on the historic wharves providing a public quay side walk, large public square with restaurants and shops alongside high quality residential accommodation. The overall aim is to deliver an accessible "destination" for residents and visitors that maximises the potential of this unique waterside location. The overall investment is likely to be in the region of £20 million.

The next step is for Red Earth Developments to submit the design for the site to the Planning department at Torridge. Simon Friend - owner and managing director of Red Earth said: "I am delighted that Councillors have placed their trust in my bid to deliver this landmark mixed-use scheme for this prestigious site and with my team, we will carry out a phase of public consultation prior to finalising the detailed planning application. I am committed to seeing new life being breathed into this wonderful site and area of Bideford which will bring a sense of restoration to what was once the working heart of the town. Our plans will complement the town centre and support the Councils Economic Regeneration programme."

Councillor Anna Dart, Leader of Torridge District Council and Councillor Ken James, Deputy Leader, said "We are delighted that we have finally signed the contract with Red Earth. This has been a lengthy process but this is a key regeneration site for Bideford Town Centre and we were determined to find the right developer for the site, one who is prepared to make a substantial investment in the site and deliver a plan that was most closely aligned with the Councils vision of how the site should be developed. With possible new funding on offer to Bideford from the Future High Streets Fund this is the perfect time for Torridge District Council to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the economic regeneration of Bideford and we hope that everybody will get behind and support this exciting new development for Torridge"

Red Earth Developments are a Tiverton based company who are also recognised as having a solid track record for projects in historic towns and waterside locations such as Newton Ferrers, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Bath, Sherborne, Wells and Tavistock.