Following initial consultation, re-vamped plans are more wild-life friendly.

Plans for the redevelopment of the waterfront at East Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, are to go on display in a public exhibition at the East Cowes Town Hall at the end of the month. Community members will be invited to view the re-vamped master plan before it is submitted for outline planning permission in December.

The plans cover an area of almost nine hectares and include the former GKN North Works, Venture Quays and Trinity Wharf. If approved, the new scheme will provide more than 500 new homes, up to 3,500m2 of shops, bars and restaurants, health and community facilities and a Maritime Heritage Experience. Although similar to plans first made public in the summer, the South East of England Development Agency says that this latest proposal includes greater consideration for wildlife, and a comprehensive flood defence strategy.

SEEDA’s Development Projects Director, Peter Cusdin said: “Throughout the lengthy and complicated process of developing a master plan to transform East Cowes, we made it a priority to consult with as many residents and local businesses as possible. We feel that the changes that have occurred throughout this process reflect the comments we received and are confident that the final scheme will deliver much needed employment, leisure and business opportunities and bring economic benefits to local people and the Island as a whole.”

The public exhibition will be on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 of November.