Wednesday, June 13, 2012
‘High quality budget hotel, family restaurant and family drive –thru facility’ planned for prime out-of-town development site.
PLANS to build a new Premier Inn hotel, Brewers Fayre restaurant and a McDonald’s in Bideford are being launched with a public consultation next week.
Parent company Whitbread and fast food restaurant McDonald’s have been working on proposals for the land opposite Atlantic Village.
The Atlantic Park development would include a 70-bed Premier Inn hotel, 190-cover Brewers Fayre restaurant and an 85-seat McDonald’s restaurant and drive-thru and could create around 100 new jobs.
A public consultation and exhibition will be held from 12noon until 8pm on Thursday, June 21 at Atlantic Village with a further consultation to be confirmed for Bideford town centre at a later date.
Plans for a Premier Inn development in Bideford were first reported in the Gazette in February 2011 and the developers now say they are looking to submit a full planning application next month.
Planning agent Maria Bailey said: “For many years sites have been looked at to provide strategic roadside facilities to serve Bideford and its surrounding area.
“Atlantic Park now provides the opportunity to do this and the owners, their agents and the investors want to consult with the community on the proposal for a high quality budget hotel, family restaurant and family drive –thru facility.
“We are aware the woodland on the site has some importance to the local people and have been working closely with Natural England and Devon Wildlife Trust to plant better quality woodland in any undeveloped areas.”