In 2014 the company applied for planning permission to demolish the run-down site and build up to 128 homes and a 63-bed hotel, however the application was withdrawn back in November. Now, the plans are back on the table with some alternations following the last consultation and discussions with the Isle of Wight Council.
Zero C Holidays have changed the proposed layout of the site off Puckpool, but retain a total of 128 homes. The application has also been changed with permission being sought for either a 63-bed hotel or a total of 15 holiday units.
The new plans have been met with support from Visit Isle of Wight, PureGreen Energy Limited plus Seaview resident and managing director of Goddards Brewary, Patrick Birley.
Harcourt Sands, owned by Renowned, closed back in 2006 resulting in over 11 hectares of land becoming an unused eyesore with the loss of 167 jobs. In 2007 vandals targeted the abandoned buildings resulting in a massive blaze that destroyed the holiday park’s entertainment complex. The site has not been occupied since.
As well as transforming the area to provide new housing for the Isle of Wight, the development would also see 42 new parking spaces created for nearby Puckpool Park and improvements made to bus facilities in the area. There would also be access to the beach and a green buffer between the seafront and the start of the housing development.