Major plans unveiled for Pier

By IW Apr 25, 2022

Major plans to breathe life into the former Fort Victoria Pier near Yarmouth have been unveiled.

Miles Blamire wants to restore the redundant pier, building a shellfish and fish landing processing facility, shop and restaurant, as part of the Westhill Beach development and has applied for planning permission.

Marked as a brownfield site, the pier sits next to the Grade II listed Fort Victoria and was formerly used as part of the military operation there.

A heritage statement by West Sussex Archaeology, submitted as part of planning documents, says the pier is considered to be of great significance as a surviving example of the late 19th-century military installation, but its significance is reduced due to partial demolition and its poor condition.

The plan is for the pier to be refurbished, reusing the existing piles, and become a public access space with the commercial fisheries and ‘sea-to-fork eatery’.

As part of Westhill Beach, five four-bed houses are also proposed on land in front of the pier which will, in part, fund the commercial development.

You can view the plans, 22/00634/FUL, on the council’s planning register. Comments can be submitted until May 16.