The eagerly anticipated planning application for the redevelopment of East Cowes waterfront has been submitted this week, seeking permission for the demolition of existing buildings and dwellings plus the building of a brand new ferry terminal, 60-bed hotel and retail, leisure and commercials premises, as well as up to 100 homes.
Permission is being sought from the Isle of Wight Council for the demolition of the existing Red Funnel ferry terminal, surrounding industrial buildings and commercial buildings at Trinity House, as well as residential properties on Dover Road. Under the redevelopment Dover Road would be closed and public access to the existing slipway onto the River Medina removed.
Within the same application permission is sought for the proposed new two-level Red Funnel terminal building with associated marshalling facilities for 415 cars, landscaping and fencing and outline consent for up to 100 dwellings and 1850m2 of non-residential floorspace for retail, leisure and commercial premises plus a 60-bed hotel.
Under the plans ferry traffic would no longer enter the terminal area via the town using Ferry Road, however would instead travel via Well Road and enter the terminal off the existing Castle Street roundabout, with three check-in lanes. Traffic exiting the terminal will emerge opposite the existing Waitrose car park entrance, which would be signalised. The iconic Columbine Building will remain standing under the redevelopment plans.
Following a consultation with local residents earlier this year, the application has revised a number of elements including the implementation of a new transport hub with a bus stop, cycle stands and drop off/pick up space, as well as better pedestrian links to the town.
Once the new terminal area has been completed, it is intended that development will begin on a new waterfront space, parking square and restaurants, bars and cafés on land currently utilised as the Red Funnel marshalling yard on both sides of Castle Street.
The East Cowes Regeneration project is a major regeneration scheme on the Isle of Wight. Alongside revitalising the town centre and waterfront, it will create a vibrant focus to East Cowes with a long-term sustainable future, and increased employment opportunities within the marine, retail and leisure sectors. The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (SLEP), working in partnership with Isle of Wight Council, Southampton City Council, Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), Red Funnel and other landowners and developers, is seeking to deliver a strategy to bring about a transformation of the Southampton/ East Cowes ferry route allied to major redevelopment on each side of the Solent.
Proposed plan of works:
• Demolition of Venture Quays and properties on Dover Road and clearance of the yard area
• Construction of the new Red Funnel ferry terminal
• Construction of the new marshalling yards and closure of Dover Road
• Commence operation of the new marshalling yards and ferry terminal
• Demolition of the current Red Funnel ferry terminal
• Demolition of Trinity Wharf and clearance of Trinity and Phoenix Yards
• Commence construction of the mixed use proposals
Anyone wishing to comment on the planning application can do so online by visiting https://www.iwight.com/planning/AppDetails3.aspx?frmId=30182 (Reference P/01065/15).