Planning permission granted!
Councillors from the Torridge District Council were happy to support the planning for the construction of 3 brand new buildings on our site. This comes after securing a substantial contract with the National Citizen Service which aims to help young people develop important skills. Two of the buildings will be accommodation, each including 6 en-suite bedrooms and a communal kitchen & dining space. The third will be a cafe, serving hot and cold food & drinks throughout the day.
Councillors have praised the center, and it’s owner Russell Johns in particular, for the high level of communication and planning that has gone into this project. With such a high level of visitors on site this year, we thought it was vital to make sure we had enough space for everyone to stay if they wished. When asked about the project, our booking supervisor, Vincent Brock, said “This build is going to benefit the community as a whole, and not just those at UAC. Bideford is a rapidly growing area, and we’re happy that the centre can expand alongside it. This project will provide great opportunities for young people of my age, and I’m looking forward for it to begin!”.
The buildings will primarily be used for 6 weeks beginning in June for the NCS visitors. After this, the buildings will be opened to the public as a youth hostel for comfortable, affordable accommodation. Speaking to our head chef, Eric Patton, about the opportunity for a new cafe, he said “This gives us the opportunity to expand our current eclectic menu to provide even more options for our ever increasing customer base”.
The build will begin to get underway within the next couple of days, and then its all hands on decks for the next few months! You can check out the Gazette’s article on the build here.