Plymouth harbour plans could boost hospitality employment

Hospitality employment could soon be a key fixture in the south west of England after plans were announced for a new boardwalk at Plymouth's Sutton Harbour.

The new development would bring a real boost to the region, developers say, with hotels, restaurants and cafes all set to be built in the area.

It would link Guys Quay and Vauxhall Quay for the first time, should it receive final approval from council bosses, and would promote the city and its harbour to a wider audience.

The main aspect of the harbour would be the free-standing, timber pedestrian boardwalk but this would be complemented well with a plethora of hotels and cafes.

Jason Schofield, the chief executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings, said the plans would offer a variety of plus points for the region, not least the creation of new jobs.

"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," he explained.

"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."

One of the most noticeable things about the plans, is the sheer size and scale involved.

For instance, if the 350,000 sq ft project is granted approval, developers claim it could create as many as 4,000 jobs.

Indeed, there has already been sparks of interest from businesses wishing to set up at the harbour, with more expected to follow.

An organic food outlet has already expressed an interest in setting up shop there with pop-up, mobile food outlets likely to come shortly too, if it gets given the green light.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions