SHH ltd response: We just want to celebrate our world class waterfront
CHIEF Executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings Jason Schofield said: "We are aware that our proposals have prompted some concerns, but we strongly believe that the boardwalk would make a hugely positive contribution to Plymouth's waterfront.
"It would act as a catalyst for the £75 million plan to transform Sutton Harbour into a national destination, which we launched to wide support last year and would also continue the harbour's evolution which has taken place over many centuries.
"We are trying to diversify and boost the city's visitor economy while creating much better pedestrian links to enable people to explore and appreciate the whole harbour as a major destination in the South West region.
"This part of Plymouth is rightly renowned for its maritime heritage and we have been careful to design a scheme which we believe respects and celebrates that heritage.
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"The boardwalk would be a free-standing timber structure with light weight timber-clad buildings on top and set apart from the historic quay wall, and is designed to reconnect people with the waterfront, instead of being forced away from it which is currently the case.
"We are confident in our job projection figures, which are based on industry norms, and know that this site would be attractive to family-friendly operators, which is our target market. We are already close to reaching an outline agreement with a couple of quality national restaurant operators that would be new to Plymouth, subject to planning permission.
"We have no plans to in-fill this part of the harbour and the piles that would support the boardwalk would be subject to a licence from the Marine Management Organisation. Other concerns that have been expressed, such as the handling of trade waste and opening hours, would be dealt with as planning conditions attached to any consent.
"We believe that the many economic and social benefits of the boardwalk fit well with Plymouth's aspiration as 'Britain's Ocean City' and as custodians of Sutton Harbour we want to celebrate our world class waterfront."