Regeneration progress report

AAP - Gypsey Race
AAP - Gypsey Race

GRAND plans for Bridlington’s regeneration will be examined in detail this December following a pre-hearing meeting this week.

Around 30 people gathered at the Spa on Tuesday to listen to the progression of the Area Action Plan (AAP) which details major regeneration proposals for Bridlington town centre, including flagship schemes such as the marina and the Burlington Parade development.

AAP - Train station plaza

AAP - Train station plaza

The aim of the pre-hearing meeting was for Government planning inspector Sian Worden to explain the procedural and administrative matters involved in taking the AAP through to the next stage – the examination – which will take place in December.

A week of meetings will start on December 5 and will see the AAP scrutinised by Ms Worden and members of the public, businesses and organisations who want to put forward their representations.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council explained the progress it has made since the exploratory meeting in June.

This includes discussions with the harbour commissioners about the marina development and further work on a draft business plan report detailing how the harbour can remain operationally effective alongside a marina.

John Lister, head of Bridlington Regeneration, said that he hoped the draft report would be complete by the end of October.

He also said that a meeting was scheduled with Network Rail to discuss acquiring a strip of land needed to be able to move Tesco from its existing site so that the Burlington Parade development of new shops and houses running from Hilderthorpe Road to the harbour top could go ahead.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Lister said: “I am pleased with the progress so far.

“We are trying to sort out details and meetings with a number of people who have responded to the AAP and I am very happy with the way the inspector is dealing with it all.”

So far, 192 representations have been made by 47 groups or individuals and at Tuesday’s meeting they were invited to put their submissions into writing or request to present them orally at the examination in December.

Among those who have expressed concerns about the AAP are the harbour commissioners and Bridlington Town Council,

The commissioners are concerned about losing some of their operational land to the Burlington Parade harbour top development and the Town Council has questioned the need to build 600 new houses and create a new shopping area outside of the traditional town centre.

The first examination session will take place at 1pm on December 5 and will address issues surrounding the legal requirements of the AAP, its vision and objectives.

During the ensuing week, all aspects of the AAP will be thoroughly examined and representations made from a range of groups and individuals.

The meetings are all open to the public.

Following the examination process, planning inspector Ms Worden expects to submit her report in March 2012.