DESIGNS for the scaled-down Sutton Harbour boardwalk have been made public for the first time.
The images, published on Plymouth City Council’s online planning portal, show modern structures attached to the historic stonework of the ancient harbour.
As reported in The Herald, the £4.5million “boardwalk” plan is less than half the size of an earlier proposal which was branded a “profiteering exercise” that would destroy the heritage of the waterfront.
Sutton Harbour Holdings pulled its initial plan in March, after the Action Group for Sutton Harbour raised serious concerns about the proposals.
In the revised planning application the area of proposed boardwalk has been shrunk by more than 55 per cent to retain more open water and access to the historic quay.
The footprint and size of a planned two-storey commercial buildings has been reduced by more than 3,000sq ft, or 16 per cent, and the main building containing three separate units has been downsized and moved further from Vauxhall Quay, to improve visibility.
New moorings will be accessed from the sea via a new drawbridge.
The proposed scheme would see a pedestrian route around the north of Sutton Harbour for the first time, completing the Sutton Harbour Heritage Trail.
The plans include a timber walkway and decked public space, with four new restaurants in two “striking contemporary” buildings, and two kiosks to the south of Guy’s Quay, Little Vauxhall Quay and Vauxhall Quay.
In a previous interview with The Herald Jason Schofield, chief executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings, said: “Since publishing our original proposals we have listened to a wide range of comments and worked closely with interested parties to amend our scheme and respond to the issues raised.”
But residents have already begun to comment on the new proposals.
Donna Richards said: “This proposed building is not in keeping with the present variety of architecture in this area. It's ugly and bland, other designs should be looked at.”
Matthew Waterman of Vauxhall Street added: “I feel it is detrimental in size and appearance to the historic Barbican Conservation Area and entirely out of keeping.
The 2 storey commercial blocks will significantly impede the views of the listed buildings from other parts of the harbour. The public views from Vauxhall Street and in front of the Marina Bar will be unacceptably compromised.
The appearance of the commercial blocks especially would be damaging to the historic appearance of the area.
The proposal would set a precedent for effective infill of the harbour.
And Hugh Janes added: “The size of the proposal effectively fills in a significant part of Sutton Harbour.
The loss of views of listed buildings will have an adverse visual impact of beautiful, important listed buildings.”