Business in Torridge

Torridge is a local government district in Devon, England. Its council is based in Bideford. Other towns and villages in the district include Holsworthy, Great Torrington, Hartland and Westward Ho!

Bideford is a medieval market town straddling the River Torridge and is the largest town in Torridge, the primary service centre for the north of the District . It is supported by good highway access from the Atlantic Highway / A39, offering good connections to Bude and North Cornwall in the south and Barnstaple in the North.

Bideford is well known for its Pannier Market, the historic Long Bridge that connects East-the-Water with the town centre of Bideford, the port and narrow streets that help define the character of the town. All services expected in a market town, such as shops, industry, schools, health etc, are readily available.

There are three major industrial estates in Bideford that provide good access to the A39 and a broad range of business accommodation or serviced development land.

There are a set of exciting regeneration plans for Bideford and the town is set to grow significantly in coming years making it an even more vibrant location in which to live or do business.

Northam is located in the north western corner of Torridge District, within which there are the three distinctive settlements of Northam, Appledore and Westward Ho! Northam is located adjacent to the A386, approximately 3km (2miles) north of Bideford and 2.5km (1.5 miles) south of Appledore. A westerly bypass, the B3236, leads to the tourist resort of Westward Ho! approximately 1.5 km (1 mile) west of Northam. The town is located on the eastern end of a ridge of land overlooking Northam Burrows and Bideford Bay to the north.

Appledore is situated at the north end of the ridge and promontory upon which Northam stands, at the meeting point of the Taw and Torridge Estuaries, approximately 3km (2 miles) from the A39. The village is an ancient maritime settlement where ships could safely lie at anchor. It was a “strand” village, built directly onto the bank above high water mark with slips leading down onto the beach until the construction of the Quay in 1845.

Westward Ho! developed during the 1860s as a purpose built holiday resort. It lies at the south end of Northam Burrows and faces westward into Bideford Bay, opposite Braunton Burrows. The resort has been subject to considerable development and regeneration over recent years, which has resulted in the loss of a number of caravan and camping sites and the replacement of high quality residential and tourist accommodation. Although the demands of tourism are subject to continual change, the village and significantly the beach continue to attract visitors from far afield.

Holsworthy is situated near the county border of Cornwall, in the south west of Torridge District. The town is located 26km (16 miles) southwest of Bideford, in the centre of an extensive agricultural area. Holsworthy lies at the intersection of the A388 and A3072, which provides important north-south and east-west links both within and beyond the District boundaries.

Holsworthy has had its market charter since the 12th Century. It is a typical market town with a modest population. The town benefits from a full range of social and community services, including weekly general and livestock markets, which support its role as an important rural service centre to a substantial rural hinterland. The town is characterised by a compact low rise centre focused on The Square, Fore Street and Bodmin Street and low-medium density housing to the west and north of the town centre. The valleys to the east and west along the River Deer help to define the town.

Great Torrington is a historic market town that developed on the trading route between Barnstaple and Plymouth. It occupies an elevated site east of the river Torridge some 11 kilometres (7 miles) south of Bideford. It is an elongated settlement accessed by the A386, B3227 and B3232.

Great Torrington has a rich built and natural heritage, much of which still dictates the character, form and appearance of the settlement, part of which pre-dates the market town. Historically the town held regular markets and fairs and thrived on local agriculture and wool industries. A flourishing glove manufacturing industry in the 19th Century brought pressure for urban development along New Street towards The Commons.

The town is the second largest settlement in Torridge and it contains a range of services and community facilities that reflect the towns role as an important service centre. The range of facilities include independent and national retail outlets, primary and secondary schools and a community health centre, serving the needs of both urban and rural communities.

Significant tourist attractions within and close to Great Torrington include: Dartington Crystal, Torrington 1646, the Tarka Trail and RHS Rosemoor, all of which contribute to the range of available facilities and attractions of Great Torrington.