First plans for landmark ready

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 January 2012

(click on image for larger view)Birnbeck Pier.

(click on image for larger view)Birnbeck Pier.

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THE first blueprint for an overhaul of Weston's dilapidated Birnbeck Pier and island has been put together.

Landmark owner Wahid Samady told the Mercury this week that he has the first plans for the site, which show a 
mixture of residential and commercial use.

The businessman, who also owns the area where the nearby Royal Pier Hotel once stood, has drawn up a huge masterplan incorporating both locations.

He has this week exclusively revealed that he has shown outline plans to the council and bodies like English 
Heritage and the Environment Agency for consultation.

He has added that North Somerset Council is currently looking to the Heritage Lottery Fund for grants to help refurbish the pier, but believes his scheme can be carried through on different scales depending on how successful that is.

The images he has come up with, details of which he is keeping close to his chest at the moment, will also be 
put to the public in the future for consultation.

He said: “The more money there is, the easier it would be.

“This is by no means the final scheme, we just want to know if it is acceptable to the relevant bodies.

“I don’t want a half-hearted attempt, or one that would not have the technical support of everybody.”

Mr Samady had his plans for the Royal Pier Hotel site - which include a large-scale residential development - passed in September following months of debate. The following day he revealed in the Mercury how he had bought Birnbeck 
Pier and some surrounding land with fellow businessman Michael Ross.

He then revealed how the Royal Pier Hotel site may fit better within one, big redevelopment of that entire end of the seafront.

The current plans for the Royal Pier Hotel site include creating a new building of between 
four and seven storeys consisting of 63 apartments, food and drink venues and underground parking.

Previous Birnbeck owner Urban Splash vowed to create a residential and leisure complex on the pier, which never came to fruition.

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