Consultation On Waterfront Plans Ends

19 December 2010, 09:53 | Updated: 19 December 2010, 09:56

A six week consultation on a project to transform the waterfront area in Great Yarmouth has finished this week.

Plans include 1,000 new homes, shops and office space along the riverside between the Haven and Breydon bridges and opposite the town hall.

Full details have also been displayed in exhibitions showing how the revised plan now features a possible major facelift for the link between the railway station and the town centre, including a potential new shopping area.

The joint proposals prepared by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and urban regeneration company 1st East also features a new hotel, improved railway station interchange, better access to the riverbank, more green space and improved flood defences.

Phillip Watkins, 1st East Chief Executive said when the consultation started: "Within 15-20 years, the Great Yarmouth Waterfront area can become something the whole town will be proud of, an outstanding place to live, work and visit. We want everyone in the town to feel part of it by sharing their thoughts and ideas on the development now.

David Glason, the Council’s Planning Policy Manager, added: "This visionary development plan aims to rejuvenate and open up to the public the central waterfront areas of Great Yarmouth. It provides developers with clear guidance to achieve the sustainable regeneration ambitions of the Borough Council.

It is fair to say that the public have contributed significantly to these revised plans and we have incorporated many of their views whilst addressing issues such as flood risk, urban design, transport, education, development mix and the financial viability of the proposals."

Graham Plant from Norfolk County Council told Heart, "When we get people's views on this particular part of the development, it gives us as opportunity to go back to it, alter and change anything that people have said needs changing because obviously the whole of a consultation is to listen to people. We'll take the views can that can be physically worked on and that are practically do-able and feed that into the consultation and hopefully most people will be happy with what comes out at the other end."