New plans to transform Newport Harbour have moved a step closer, with the appointment of Devon-based architectural firm, Kay Elliott.

The Isle of Wight Council says it hopes to generate economic growth on the site with the construction of new homes and improved harbour facilities.

A “masterplan” is expected to be delivered by the company by April 2019, before it’s written into the Island Plan and promoted to investment partners.

Reniera O’Donnell, assistant director for regeneration, said:

“Kay Elliott has a brilliant track record and huge experience in working on sites like Newport Harbour.

“This is a big step, as this master plan will not only shape future development along the quay but also generate many opportunities to increase footfall and encourage Islanders to re-engage with the harbour.”

Kay Elliott director Tanya Griffiths said:

“We are looking forward to working with the team and the community to set out a plan, which provides clear development guidelines to encourage the right investment for local needs and the special character of the place.

“This masterplan is an opportunity to visualise and provide a framework for a waterfront reinvigorated by mixed use development, reinforcing Newport’s role as a county town and a visitor destination.”

The Isle of Wight Council says residents, business owners and other interested parties will have opportunities to share their views at a later stage.