Bridlington’s Area Action Plan moves forward

John Lister, head of Bridlington Renaissance.
John Lister, head of Bridlington Renaissance.

THE regeneration document which hopes to revive Bridlington’s future fortunes is set to go before councillors next month.

The Bridlington Renaissance Team put the Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP) to East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s cabinet for approval earlier this month.

The document will then go before a meeting of the full council on January 9 for approval – after which individual planning applications can be drawn up.

John Lister, the head of the Renaissance Team, said: “Now the AAP has gone before the cabinet, we can get it in front of full council in the new year and start to move forward with the plans.”

Mr Lister also confirmed the council has written to the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners in order to get talks over a long-awaited marina back underway.

“We have written to the Harbour Commissioners and asked them to put the idea of a meeting with the council on their next agenda,” said Mr Lister.

“We have also been in contact with the Lords Feoffees about the town centre car park as well as other key stakeholders in the process, to set up meetings to try and get the plans moving forward again.”

A report released in August by planning inspector Sian Worden deemed East Riding council’s Area Action Plan to be sound and, subject to land sales, building work could begin in two years time.

The AAP will see up to £200m spent on the development of a new shopping district known as Burlington Parade, town centre car parking, a new public square and a remodelled Gypsey Race park – as well as a long awaited marina and the creation of around 1,900 new jobs.

However, development of the west end of Bridlington Harbour, known as the harbour top, was removed from the first stage of the plan after the Harbour Commissioners argued the development of a hotel, multi-storey car park, retail and residential property would remove valuable operational land and put the town’s fishing industry at substantial risk.

The principle of building a marina in Bridlington was set down by Ms Worden – described in her report as “the main plank” in the town’s regeneration – and it is expected that a proposal acceptable to the council and the commissioners will be discussed.