MASTERPLAN FOR THE REGENERATION OF NEWPORT HARBOUR HAVE BEEN REVEALED

Long-awaited plans for the regeneration of Newport Harbour have been published by the Isle of Wight Council.

A new masterplan has been produced setting out proposals for an iconic new cultural centre, hotel accommodation, waterside apartments, affordable housing and new business units.

Keeping Newport’s historic role as a working harbour and improving its attractiveness as a leisure destination are further key features of the plans, which also include a new cycle/footbridge linking the two sides of the River Medina and new multi-storey car parking at Seaclose Park.

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The plans follow 18 months of research and consultations and a financial assessment of the feasibility of each element to ensure sufficient funding is generated to improve harbour facilities and key infrastructure such as the maintenance of the harbour walls.

The proposals have been welcomed by local business leaders and the council’s Cabinet member for business development and regeneration, Councillor Wayne Whittle.

He said: “These ambitious but deliverable proposals are the result of the imaginative feedback gained from local consultations. They have already been well received by potential developers and will help re-establish Newport’s position as the Island’s county town.”

Norman Arnold, chair of the Federation of Small Businesses on the Isle of Wight and the Island Economic Board, said: “Local business across the Island welcomes the publication of the plans for Newport Harbour; they contain some really exciting ideas to breathe new life into the harbour and we are particularly keen to see the plans for the new harbourside business units creating more jobs in the county town.”

It is proposed to adopt the masterplan as a ‘supplementary planning document’ and it is possible to comment on the council’s planning portal at https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Environment-Planning-and-Waste/Planning-Policy-new/Supplementary-Planning-Documents/About-1718

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stephen bushell
stephen bushell
1 year ago

Do we need even more traffic brought into Newport, Presumably the tax payer [us] will foot some of the cost of this venture . I would rather see our money spent on other thing social care ect. After the floating bridge fiasco the state of the roads I could name more , I would have thought the present tory led lot of !!!!xxx should steer clear of this sort of project because they clearly are not up to it !

JHVF
JHVF
1 year ago

Who do we need more housing for ? Major city overflows ? because that’s obviously what is happening with present ongoing developments

Mary
Mary
1 year ago

What a waste of money better of building a bridge across the river to easy the traffic and the waste of money floating bridge

Seay
Seay
Reply to  Mary
1 year ago

Totally agree Mary, any development will be for those from the mainland escaping the invasion of the UK, not affordable for many Island people.

One would think our council tax would get lower each year as more and more homes paying CTax are created.

Wonder ‘where’ it all goes.

Fedup
Fedup
1 year ago

Oh good, more houses, more people, more traffic, more congestion and, of course, no jobs. Fine, bound to get the required stamp of approval from our useless council without delay.

Tim Brayford
Tim Brayford
1 year ago

So what about Bob’s idea of running the railway into Newport? It looks like tacit admission by the IWC that the whole notion is unviable from the outset!

Theresa
Theresa
1 year ago

ah good, love this area.. just dont spoil it – only enhance it.. not sure about more houses.

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