30 March 2006

New Development planned

News from This is Plymouth today
Two of the South West's best known firms are joining forces for a £50million development that will further open up Plymouth's waterfront at Sutton Harbour.Sutton Harbour Holdings and Redruth-based Rowe Property Developments are teaming up to pursue a joint planning application to develop a site near Shepherd's Wharf, at Sutton Harbour.It is estimated that the massive scheme would have commercial accommodation on its ground, and possibly first, floors, with flats on the remaining floors. It will also give the public access to another section of the harbour as part of the Sutton Harbour Heritage Trail, which will take tourists and Plymouth people around the Barbican area showing them sites of historical interest.
The scheme involves Rowe's brownfield site of just over an acre next to the Premier Travel Inn, which was developed by a Rowe Group subsidiary in 2003.It also encompasses the half-acre Sutton Harbour Holdings site fronting Sutton Road, currently being operated on a temporary basis as a fire station.

As I have said this is an extremely interesting area for all sorts of reasons so it is good to see it being opened up, although I do wonder how much of the 'history' will be left by the time they have finnished. I am aiming to get down there shortly to get a few photos in!

The image below is the view on Google Earth with the yellow shaded area being roughly where the development appears to be taking place.

The Plymouth City Council web site has a policy guide to its aims in this area which do give some hope!

A good web page to look at covering this whole area is the Plymouth data page for Sutton Harbour. This will give you a flavour of why I am so interested in the place!

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