Plans have been unveiled for a new £4 million boardwalk in Sutton Harbour.
The project, which has been developed by Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc, will feature a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes along a two-storey boardwalk. There are also proposals for a pedestrian route that would link Vauxhall Quay with Guys Quay.
The boardwalk will be part of a £75 million investment which aims to turn Plymouth harbour into a major tourist attraction. This masterplan, revealed in November 2012, hopes to offer 350,000 sq ft of retail and commercial space that spans 12 potential sites and develops the harbour area into a national destination.
Chief executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc Jason Schofield 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.”
Plans suggest that there will be three new timber buildings on the boardwalk with full glazing from ceiling to floor. All the buildings will feature upper terraces that will offer spectacular views of the harbour.
The Plymouth Waterfront Partnership is yet to review the application but is in agreement of wanting to develop a pedestrian link between the northern and southern areas of the harbour. Currently, visitors have to leave the harbour and travel onto Vauxhall Street to go from one end of the marina to the other.
The plans have been submitted to Plymouth City Council and Mr Schofield added that there has already been “firm interest” from various developers. Council members hope that the project will bring a much-needed boost to the local economy, attracting tourists from across the country and potentially offering hundreds of new hospitality jobs to residents.
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