Plans for Lydney harbour building refurbishments given the go-ahead
The Council’s planning committee has given the thumbs up to plans to regenerate Lydney’s historic harbourside.
At the planning meeting held on Tuesday 13 February the committee approved a planning application to develop the harbour to provide visitor facilities.
The plans include the conversion of two of the existing harbour buildings to house a heritage information point, toilet facilities and the construction of a temporary café and hardstanding square area. The café will be trialled for a 5 year period to test the viability of this new business opportunity.
The planning application was submitted to the Council for determination by the Regeneration Team on behalf of the Lydney Coastal Community Team (LCCT). Planning approval will enable the Team to move on to the next stage and work towards securing the funding needed to make these improvements a reality.
These building refurbishments form part of the wider Lydney Harbour corridor regeneration project, which aims to improve the access to the harbour and includes a new shared pedestrian and cycle track, landscaping improvements and a phased programme of canal dredging.
Councillor Brian Pearman, Lydney Town Council said: “This is another step towards achieving the vision for the Harbour set out in the Lydney Neighbourhood Plan, and follows the successful refurbishment of the canal swing bridge.”
Councillor Richard Leppington, Cabinet Member for Development, Asset Management, Infrastructure and Housing added: “I hope that as this project progresses we will see additional investment in the Lydney harbour area, so that its potential for tourism and recreation can be opened up further.”
To view the approved plans visit the Planning applications section of the Council’s website and type reference P1648/17/FUL in the search field.
Coastal communities are a major part of the UK, with more than 10% of the population living in coastal areas and many more visiting the coast for both business and pleasure.
More than 11 million people live in coastal communities, from major cities to seaside villages. The tourism industry alone accounts for the employment of 250,000 people across 150 seaside resorts, and contributes £4 billion to the UK economy.
The £120 million Coastal Communities Fund, established in 2012, has money going to projects in every region in the UK. So far it has created nearly 14,000 new jobs and over 10,000 training places.
Lydney Coastal Community Team was set up in 2015, with the purpose of increasing Lydney harbours potential for sustainable recreation and tourism, improve the visitor experience for local people, tourists and other traditional maritime users whilst retaining and safeguarding its historic character and structure.
Lydney harbour is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.