Planning application to go in for Ilfracombe watersports centre

16:44 06 May 2014

A 3D view of how the proposed Ilfracombe watersports centre could appear. Picture: Grainge Architects.

A 3D view of how the proposed Ilfracombe watersports centre could appear. Picture: Grainge Architects.

Grainge Architects

North Devon Council executive agrees to submit plans as it continues to bid for ‘top class’ centre to help regenerate the harbour area.

A 3D view of how the proposed Ilfracombe watersports centre could appear. Picture: Grainge Architects.A 3D view of how the proposed Ilfracombe watersports centre could appear. Picture: Grainge Architects.

A major project to provide a new watersports centre and improve facilities at the Pier in Ilfracombe has taken another step forward.

At a meeting of North Devon Council’s executive today (Tuesday), councillors voted to submit a planning application.

The council will then bid for funding from the Coastal Communities Fund to pay for it.

The new centre would be a multi-functional facility based at Larkstone Cove.

A 3D view of how the proposed Ilfracombe watersports centre could appear. Picture: Grainge Architects.A 3D view of how the proposed Ilfracombe watersports centre could appear. Picture: Grainge Architects.

Showers, changing rooms, a café, storage facilities and a slipway to access the water are included in the design.

Alongside this, the council also hopes to improve facilities at the harbour, by rebuilding the harbourmaster’s office and Lundy ticket office.

This includes an improved lookout, waiting room and new restaurant on the first floor overlooking the harbour and Verity.

“We’re confident we have some top class designs, but the next stage is critical - obtaining planning permission will allow us to bid for funding from external agencies, because without funding we won’t be able to deliver these new facilities,” said executive member for strategic planning in Ilfracombe, Councillor Mike Edmunds.

“This is an important step forward for development in Ilfracombe. The centre would transform conditions for local watersports groups and hopefully stimulate further investment in the area,” said executive member for economic regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Prowse.

Ilfracombe Harbourmaster Rob Lawson said a good deal of progress had been made recently to deliver the ambitions of the Ilfracombe Harbour Board Development Strategy.

“This new project, to improve the leisure and tourism offer at the harbour, whilst enhancing operational capability, is further evidence that the Harbour Board is working hard to deliver its adopted strategy for the benefit of the local community,” he said.

Chairman Geoff Fowler said the board saw the projects as an ‘important step forward in raising the profile of Ilfracombe as a maritime centre in the South West’.

Design work began in December, after Northern Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) secured a grant from the European Fisheries Fund to pay 50 per cent of design costs.

The council has been consulting local clubs in the town, including the Canoe Club, Youth Yacht Club and Gig Club to agree the design.

It is also working with North Devon+ and local watersports clubs to help set up a management body to run the centre when it is complete.

Other News Stories

16:06
The models with show supporters from Saltrock and CLIC Sargent.

Stills tickets available for the show tonight (Friday) at Orchard Vale School in Barnstaple

Read more
Fremington para-powerlifter Ross Austen (centre) took the gold medal at the British Championships

Ross Austen, 33, took up power lifting this year after sustaining injuries to his right leg during active service. Now he’s going for gold.

Read more
14:12
With the new 'Maurice' trophies are Arlene Collins and Oliver McCarron of Marsdens, plus (centre), Heather McNeilly of Shoreline Glass.

Don’t miss Ilfracombe’s tastiest food festival on Saturday, July 11

Read more
Coopers Jewellery in Barnstaple High Street

Man appeared before magistrates yesterday (Thursday) morning in connection with Barnstaple incident

Read more
13:58
Inside Infinity. Picture: Tony Edmonds

Family fun at Infinity this Saturday night as Ilfracombe’s new after dark venue hosts its public launch party...

Read more
13:51
Queens Avenue residents gather at the play area site, which is under threat from development.

Queens Avenue residents dismayed at North Devon Homes plans to build on green space

Read more
09:37
Picture by Graham Hobbs

Cannon firing marked the start of Bideford Heritage Week last weekend - with Heritage Day this Saturday.

Read more
09:30
Race for Life in Barnstaple.

Hundreds of women will be turning Barnstaple pink for Cancer Research UK this Sunday.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:29
The puma kittens make their first public appearance. Picture: John Hammond

Cute cats make an early first appearance to enjoy the summer sunshine

Read more
Yesterday, 13:04
LÉ James Joyce speeds away from Appledore. Picture: Sarah Howells

Gazette reporter Sarah Howells joined the pilot boat on the River Torridge to wave LÉ James Joyce on her way to Ireland this morning (Thursday).

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 16°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder