New pictures show how different Porthcawl could look after multi-million pound makeover

This is how the proposed £5.5m Porthcawl Maritime Centre could look.

The new computer generated images have been released by the developers Harbourside Community Interest Company after it formally lodged a planning application with Bridgend County Borough Council .

They said the latest design was developed after private and public consultation feedback.

One of the Harbourside directors, Mike Clarke, said the new design has addressed the “sensitive planning requirements for that particular area and the planning authority has produced special guidance”.

“We also held a public exhibition and fed in comments and we’ve had to make sure it fits in with the finance potentially available,” he added.

The community-driven development, which will create 50 jobs, is planned for the Cosy Corner site on the seafront, next to the RNLI station and marina.

It will support water sports and have public toilets and showers for participants.

It also features a 17m internal pool, which Mike said was a facility which could be used for rehabilitation purposes and could also be used by mother-and-baby groups or for older people prescribed exercise by their doctor.

The building will also have a Waverider and will be the Centre for Surfing Excellence – the headquarters for the National Governing Body of Surfing in Wales.

A Coast Life Centre, an education and research facility, is also being developed in partnership with Swansea University.

There will also be an amphitheatre outside, which will be a performance space, a display venue for local artists, conference facilities, “business pods”, four-star cabins for accommodation, boat storage, Y Gali daytime cafe and evening licensed bistro and The Crow’s Nest viewing gallery.

A children’s play area will also be located outside.

Mike said: “We are at an advanced stage in discussions with a number of private and grant funders.”

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