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Lymington Quay Improvements: Flat roof option to be progressed

An innovative flat roof building design for improved facilities at Lymington Quay will be submitted for planning approval in March after the latest consultation showed a clear preference for one of two possible options.

The design for a flat roof building to house the public toilets and shower facilities, with an option for a viewing platform on the roof, will now be developed. We will be working in partnership with Lymington and Pennington Town Council, and Lymington Harbour Commissioners, with Snug Architects. 

81% of the 220+ responses received in the latest consultation favoured the flat roof option over a pitched roof option, with 81% also agreeing that an 'inhabited roof' should be looked at as part of the design.  

Cllr Alison Hoare, our Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regulatory Services said, "It is clear we now have a project that the community would like to see built. They have also made it clear that in this special location it needs to be of a quality and standard that is appropriate. Our task with our partners is now to develop a project that both meets these objectives and is affordable."

All the comments received as part of the latest consultation will be considered in light of the plans, as Paul Bulkeley from Snug Architects explains, "The consultation has identified clear support for an inhabited flat roof. We will now be working up a more detailed proposal that seeks to balance the community's wider priorities and concerns. This is an exciting opportunity to create a building the whole community can be proud of."

As part of the consultation, there was an overwhelming positive reaction to the incorporation of a Changing Places facility. Sarah Brisdion, a local resident who campaigns for the inclusion of these facilities with changing benches and hoists, said: "Being able to use a loo when out is something many of us take for granted, as it's relatively easy. But for many disabled people, it can be almost impossible. As a family who relies on Changing Places toilets to enable us to get out and about, we are hugely grateful to NFDC for incorporating one in their plans. It will enable us, and many other disabled visitors, to enjoy the area by the quay, without the worry of withholding fluids or limiting the time spent there. For many others it will ensure they do not have to lie on toilet floors to have their continence needs met or be dangerously lifted to and from mobility equipment. Put simply, it will be life-changing."

Lymington and Pennington Town Council commented that the public turn out at a presentation and exhibition held in January, and response to the survey, is testament to how important this area is to the community and that the clear results will lead to an exciting time ahead in the project and the beginning of a positive change at Lymington Quay.

The consultation comments will be reviewed, and detailed plans will be drawn up for our June 2020 Planning Committee. If agreed, the contract will be tendered and work will start on site at the end of September 2020, with a spring 2021 opening.  

Information on the previous stages of this project and images can be found at newforest.gov.uk/lymquay

 

Updated: 31 Jan 2020
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