Sutton Harbour Holdings responds to residents' concerns over walkway plans
THE firm behind plans to transform Sutton Harbour has responded to concerns from residents.
The Action Group for Sutton Harbour spoke of its worry that parts of the harbour could be infilled to create a boardwalk-style walkway.
But Jason Schofield, chief executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings, said last night: "These proposals are the first part of a £75million plan unveiled in November 2012 to transform Sutton Harbour into a national destination, creating hundreds of jobs and boosting Plymouth's economy in line with the city's Plan for Jobs and the new City Deal.
"We have already met with businesses and residents locally and the consultation process is ongoing."
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Around 70 local residents and business owners had attended a meeting opposing the plans, the action group said.
But Mr Schofield added: "It's important to appreciate that this does not amount to infilling this part of the harbour. The walkway and related structures have been designed to sit above the water on piles like a pier, so it is not necessary to fill in any of the harbour basin and the tide will still move freely underneath.
"We would also stress that this area of the Harbour is little used.
"We believe our proposal would be a great asset to Plymouth's waterfront, creating some 120 jobs through a £4million investment."