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UPDATED: Plans to transform Newport Harbour have moved a step closer with the appointment of architectural firm, Kay Elliott.

The Isle of Wight Council will work with the Devon-based company to take forward the regeneration plans for the flagship site.

The ambition is to generate economic growth with new homes and improved harbour facilities.

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Reniera O’Donnell, assistant director for regeneration, said:

“Kay Elliott has a brilliant track record and huge experience in working on sites like Newport Harbour.

“This is a big step, as this masterplan will not only shape future development along the quay but also generate many opportunities to increase footfall and encourage Islanders to re-engage with the harbour.”

A masterplan is expected to be delivered by April 2019, before it’s written into the Island Plan and promoted to investment partners.

Kay Elliott director Tanya Griffiths said:

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“We are looking forward to working with the team and the community to set out a plan, which provides clear development guidelines to encourage the right investment for local needs and the special character of the place.

“This masterplan is an opportunity to visualise and provide a framework for a waterfront reinvigorated by mixed use development, reinforcing Newport’s role as a county town and a visitor destination”.

Residents, business owners and other interested parties will have opportunities to share their views on the vision.

UPDATE – Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, has commented on the regeneration of Newport Harbour.

He has said:

“There are many great ambitious ideas for Newport Harbour, including space for small start-up businesses, an arts quarter linked to Quay Arts, a campus as part of an extension of higher education on the Island and a station as part of a possible extension of a railway connecting Newport with Ryde.

“I look forward to seeing the report in early 2019 and then we must not delay in identifying a way forward.

“Specifically, I believe that the council should commit to a campus on the site and to ensure that the homes built there are overwhelmingly for Island youngsters and working families.”

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