Latest plans for pier

PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 February 2012

(click on image for larger view)Birnbeck Pier.

(click on image for larger view)Birnbeck Pier.


DETAILED plans for the development of Weston’s Birnbeck Pier and former Royal Pier Hotel are remaining under wraps.

Owner of the sites, Wahid Samady says he will keep the images for the seafront area close to his chest until he knows he can fulfil the grand scheme.

He has revealed that the proposals include a mixture of residential and commercial use and the businessman has drawn up a huge masterplan incorporating both locations.

He is in the process of showing outline plans to North Somerset Council and bodies like English Heritage and the Environment Agency for consultation and says he is about three quarters of the way through that.

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.

Mr Samady said: “There is nothing worse than providing photos for something that can’t be realised.

“When developing on coastline there are a lot of people who need to be consulted.

“I’m pleased with the feedback so far, but there is a lot more detail that needs to be ironed out.

“I’m hopeful that we can find a concept that we can deliver within a difficult site and ask that people remain patient.”

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 said the Royal Pier Hotel site may fit better within one, big redevelopment of that entire end of the seafront.

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