Porthcawl’s Harbourside development takes a step forward as plans are submitted

A plan for a multi-million-pound flagship attraction in Porthcawl has been formally submitted.

The Harbourside Community Interest Company has lodged a plan for the Porthcawl Maritime Centre with Bridgend County Borough Council after years of preparatory work.

The community-driven plan states the focus of the centre – which will be located on the seafront at Cosy Corner – will be on maritime sport, fitness, leisure and community.

It said facilities in the Harbourside development will include Harbour Marine, an internal and external sea and water sports facilities with public toilets and showers, Waverider, Centre for Surfing Excellence (the headquarters for the National Governing Body of Surfing in Wales) and Coast Life Centre, an education and research facility 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.

‘Multi-million-pound investment’

Council planners are due to make a decision on the plan later this summer.

Harbourside’s directors previously said it represented a £10m investment in the town, with the work due to be funded through a mixture of grants and potentially social borrowing.

This is how Harbourside might look

Last year, Stuart Bentley, one of the four directors who work voluntarily for the Harbourside community interest company, said: “Porthcawl has viewed itself as a bit of a tardy, run-down town and I think it’s about time we raised the bar.

“This could be really beneficial, not just for Porthcawl or the Bridgend area, but for Wales.”

The idea for a year-round attraction had developed from a need to build a new base for the Porthcawl Sea Cadets, which still occupy a building constructed in 1946, and a headquarters and centre of excellence for the Welsh Surfing Federation, of which architectural and design consultant Stuart is the secretary.

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