Former Sutton Harbour boss files objections to boardwalk plan
THE former boss of Sutton Harbour Holdings has raised a series of objections to the group's plan to construct a new boardwalk around the ancient port.
The deadline to comment on the blueprint passed at midnight yesterday, and Nigel Godefroy, who stepped down as SHH chief executive in 2011, was among the objectors.
Mr Godefroy cited seven reasons why councillors should reject the boardwalk plan, saying it would be a "public nuisance" and would "undermine the attractiveness and commerciality of the harbour."
He wrote: "This application is large scale and disproportionate to the size of the food and drink establishments around the harbour", adding: "I believe it is fundamentally not in the best interests of the commercial needs of the harbour."
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Mr Godefroy left the role as SHH chief executive in September 2011, citing "personal reasons".
The scaled down plan, which proposes a boardwalk linking Guys Quay and Vauxhall Quay featuring new restaurants and shops, will now be discussed by members of the city council's planning committee.
The Action Group for Sutton Harbour (AGSH), made up of local residents and business owners, has formally registered its opposition to the scheme.
In a letter to the council, chairman Ben Sanders said: "There is an overwhelming consensus that the proposed development is regarded as completely unfit for purpose, of poor quality and design and will only serve to destroy the character of the historic Barbican."
Mr Sanders added the development would be "unsustainable, unviable and unjustifiable, particularly in light of the number of vacant unoccupied premises in the vicinity."
A spokesman for SHH said: "All representations received about this planning application will be weighed in due course by the planning authority.
"We maintain that the boardwalk would bring a wide range of social and economic benefits to the harbour and Plymouth's waterfront, as Britain's Ocean City."