Plans for a new £1.8million visitor centre at Northam Burrows have been hailed as ‘excellent’.

The two-storey centre will replace the existing visitors centre, and will also include a cafe, a lift, and flexible space for the community to use.

The proposals, drawn up by the council, are going through the validation stages and have been submitted to Torridge District Council for approval.

Westward Ho! ward member Nick Laws said the plans, which include a terrace viewing area, were just what the area needs.

“It’s a big step forward in the quality of the burrows centre and it’s going to be terrific for education,” he said.

How the new Northam Burrows centre is proposed to look.How the new Northam Burrows centre is proposed to look.

“The design is absolutely splendid; I love how it reflects the waves and with the natural timber finish it’s just going to blend in.

“On a personal level, I think these good things always seem to happen somewhere else and it’s lovely to see something planned for here.

“I very much look forward to the day when I can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and look across the burrows.”

He said after sharing the plans on Facebook, they had been met by a largely positive response.

Coupled with a new car park which was approved at the council’s plans committee meeting earlier this month, Councillor Laws said there were some hugely positive things happening in Westward Ho!

Councillor Phil Pennington, TDC lead member for community, culture and leisure added: “The council is currently considering a significant investment into the visitors centre at Northam Burrows which will see the range and quality of the facilities there significantly improved.

“After extensive consultation with partners a planning application has been submitted for a vastly improved centre that will not only look great but will also house a café, improved visitors and beach user facilities, and educational space so that school groups and the public can learn about the important natural environment around them.

“At the same time a grant application for £1.2million has been submitted to the Coastal Communities Fund to support the development costs.

“This investment in our Blue Flag award winning beach and country park will benefit both residents and tourists alike and although replacing an existing building will be tempered to the natural beauty of the surrounding area.”

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