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Changes are planned at Newport Harbour, with the Isle of Wight Council setting out ideas for its future.

Following public consultations in 2017 and 2018, more plans are being created to transform the Harbour and its surrounding area.

Options up for discussion include creating jobs, temporary and permanent activities to increase visitor numbers by land and boat, a harbour loop with a possible pedestrian and cycle bridge, and mixed tenure including affordable new homes.

The Isle of Wight Council’s assistant director of regeneration, Reniera O’Donnell, said:

“A masterplan is a way to paint a picture of how the land will be used for the future.

“It’s not a final blueprint for every detail but the plan will show what’s possible and what isn’t.

“So, for example, we hope to identify types of development, potential new businesses, types of housing, how paths will be laid out, the approach to pedestrian and vehicle movement, greenspace, access to the water, the historic environment – the whole way we envisage the future layout of Newport Harbour.

“And following on from the awesome designs at last year’s Young Designers Awards, maybe even a new bridge across the estuary. 

“With the help of Newport residents and our Shaping Newport partners, the masterplan will create a story around our hopes and wishes for the harbour, so we can get the right people to come and invest in making it come to life.”

The plans will depend on the feedback given by Newport residents and businesses, and there is an initial opportunity to find out more about the plans today (Saturday)/ .

Join the Isle of Wight Council’s Newport Masterplan team from 8.30am until 12 noon, underneath Medina Theatre.

Find the consultation here.