Council reveals more potential opportunities for Porthcawl’s future

Bridgend County Borough Council has released artist impressions of how an all-new luxury spa waterfront hotel could look on Porthcawl’s seafront.

The hotel is one of several potential opportunities the council is showcasing as part of consultation organised in line with the Placemaking Wales Charter, which seeks to bring organisations, businesses and communities together in order to deliver effective, sustainable development.

Following two well-attended public sessions held earlier this week at the Grand Pavilion, display panels are being erected at Cosy Corner to highlight how the council wants to explore improvements such as modern multi-storey car parking at Hillsboro Place, new landscaping and pedestrianisation along the Eastern Promenade, improved public transport infrastructure and a Metro link, the extension and refurbishment of Dock Street and the creation of new plazas and fresh community spaces.

A new luxury spa hotel would support ambitions to provide additional leisure facilities within the town as well as previously identified needs for more high-quality accommodation within Porthcawl, which in turn would help to attract further large-scale events in addition to the likes of the Elvis Festival and Seniors Open golf tournament.

Cllr Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “As well as being available to view for the next three weeks on hoardings at Cosy Corner, the exhibition panels and assorted artist impressions will be available online at the council’s website.

“There is still plenty of time to take a look and send in your written thoughts on the proposals. All feedback received will be used to help shape and inform a draft placemaking strategy, which is due to be published in the new year.

“To ensure that its potential opportunities and scope remain sustainable, realistic and economically viable, our placemaking consultation has been developed in full accordance with both the existing land use framework for the area and the Local Development Plan.

“The drop-in sessions proved to be extremely popular, but I hope that residents and businesses who were unable to attend will view the details using the alternative methods that we have organised, and will continue to give us their feedback.

“The exhibition panels will be installed at Cosy Corner by Monday 29 November, but you can view the placemaking proposals and panels online now by visiting the regeneration page at the council website -your feedback can then be emailed to [email protected].”