First stage of plan to transform historic Plymouth harbour is unveiled
THE first phase of work to transform Plymouth's historic Sutton Harbour has been unveiled – with the creation of a new pedestrian boardwalk featuring restaurants, shops and cafes.
The free-standing timber structure, which would link Guys Quay and Vauxhall Quay for the first time, is a feature of a multi-million-pound scheme to redevelop Sutton Harbour.
Plans have now been submitted to city planners, and developers have promised the project will boost visitor numbers and create jobs.
It is the first stage of a £75million masterplan drawn up by developers Sutton Harbour Holdings which was revealed by The Herald in November to promote the harbour as a national destination.
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The planning application submitted this week is for a free-standing, timber-clad pedestrian boardwalk created to link Guys Quay and Vauxhall Quay, allowing visitors to stroll along a large section of the harbourside alongside new waterside restaurants and shops.
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Jason Schofield, chief executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings, said: "We want to transform Sutton Harbour into a national destination that celebrates Plymouth's fantastic world-class waterfront and attracts more visitors, businesses and jobs, and the boardwalk would do all these things.
"It would provide a direct pedestrian link from the southern area of the harbour to the north without having to leave the water's edge, helping to create an unbroken trail around the harbour.
"And it would offer high quality restaurant and retail uses that we want to appeal to families in particular so that we can boost visitor numbers."
The boardwalk would be constructed on steel and concrete legs, and would run from the Three Crowns pub along Vauxhall Quay towards the Sutton Harbour Marina.
It would hold three buildings made up of 20,000sq ft of space for a mixture of shops and restaurants.
Mr Schofield says the development is expected to create about 120 jobs and that there is already "firm interest" from potential occupiers should the scheme be approved.
Chris Arscott, chairman of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, said: "We welcome investment in the waterfront area that enables easier access between key destinations.
"We have yet to review the current waterfront application, but in principle we are keen to see enhanced pedestrian links between the historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour and access to the Bretonside area.
"It is exciting to see investment in areas of the waterfront which is essential to create new jobs and grow this city's visitor economy."
The overall masterplan includes proposals to continue the walkway right around the perimeter of the harbour and build restaurants, cafes, shops, offices and flats in underused areas of the harbour.
Bringing the proposals to life could create as many as 4,000 jobs, with a total of 350,000 sq ft earmarked for development.
An organic food outlet has already been lined up for Quay Point, while 'pop-up shops' could use a pod planned for Quay Road and a landing point for a water taxi could go next to the China House.
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Planning application made for ‘bike bus’ rental service by Plymouth’s Waterfront pub
PLYMOUTH planning bosses are to decide whether to approve an application to allow a “bike bus” to set up shop on the waterfront.
Earlier this week The Herald revealed Plymouth City Council was aiming to breathe new life into the foreshore by encouraging firms – including cafes and bike rental businesses – to make use of empty fisherman’s storage arches at Commercial Wharf.
However, the council has received a planning application from Andrew Thompson who aims to set up Plymouth Bike Hire in a converted single decker bus within the car park of the Waterfront restaurant and pub on Grand Parade.
According to the application, the bus will hold the bikes which can be rented to members of the public.
The single decker will be “suitably wrapped displaying company logo and purpose” and will sit on “a small piece of unused land within a car park marked ‘no parking’”.
The application states there will be five part-time employees and the hours of business will be between 8am to 7pm each day of the week including Bank Holidays.
The application will be decided at a later date by a planning officer.
Sutton Harbour plan is latest in series of projects to breathe new life into Plymouth
THE plan to redevelop Sutton Harbour is the latest in a series of projects aimed at breathing new life into Plymouth’s waterfront
Earlier this week The Herald reported on a bid to turn key locations along the shore, including Commercial Wharf and the Royal William Yard, into bike-friendly attractions.
The £670,000 plan would see empty fisherman’s storage arches refurbished to allow small businesses to set up shops or cafes.
The scheme also outlines plans to improve cycling paths and racks along the waterfront to link the Barbican, the Hoe, Tinside Pool, Millbay and Royal William Yard.
Sutton Harbour Holdings is pushing ahead with plans to develop a new 179-berth marina at Millbay, while the Waterfront could soon be home to traditional traders selling arts and crafts, fresh fish and fruit and vegetables.
Last year the council launched the “Get Plymouth building” campaign to spruce up neglected sites right across the city and encourage future development.