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7 Bays Project - Porthcawl Waterfront - Planning Guidance

Porthcawl Waterfront Planning Guidance

The Porthcawl Waterfront – Planning Guidance was adopted by Planning and Development Committee as Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) to the Bridgend Unitary Development Plan (UDP) on the 1st November  2007. On the 18th September 2013, the Council adopted the Bridgend Local Development Plan (LDP) which superseded the former UDP as the land use planning document for the County Borough and resolved that all existing SPG carried forward for use in the determination of planning applications, until such time as they may be formally reviewed. Therefore, the SPG document will be afforded ‘substantial weight’ in future planning decisions of the Local Planning Authority, the National Assembly and Inquiry Inspectors.

This document sets out planning guidance for the redevelopment of The 7 Bays Project – Porthcawl Waterfront area, between the Harbour and Cosy Corner in the west and Rhych Point in the east.

The Porthcawl Waterfront development proposal is an exciting opportunity to bring forward appropriate development on a mainly derelict area of land comprising over 100 acres on the coastline of South Wales. The regeneration of the waterfront will create a vibrant new focus that will bring social, economic and environmental benefits for the town itself and the wider area. Bringing this area forward for comprehensive and high quality development will be critical in ensuring the future status of Porthcawl as a premier seaside resort.

This planning guidance outlines proposals for a mixed use development, incorporating the design of essential flood defences that will enable the development of the site to take place and protect more than 400 existing homes from flood risk. The guidance also includes tourism and leisure related opportunities that will enhance the vibrancy and attractiveness of Porthcawl as a seaside destination.

The proposals have been the subject of an independent Sustainability Appraisal / Strategic Environmental Assessment, which is also available for viewing.

View the adopted Porthcawl Waterfront – Planning Guidance

View the Porthcawl Waterfront Report on Consultation (October 2007)

View the Porthcawl Waterfront Supplementary Planning Guidance – Sustainability Appraisal / Strategic Environmental Assessment and Appendices

View the Executive Summary – Final Document, Transport and Access – Final and Visitor Parking

The Porthcawl Waterfront - Planning Guidance (2007) document supersedes the previous Porthcawl Development Framework, which was adopted in 2004.

For information: View the Porthcawl Development Framework 2004.

For further information, please contact

Development Planning
Planning Services
Directorate of Environmental and Planning Services
Bridgend County Borough Council
Civic Office
Angel Street
CF31 4WB

Tel (01656) 643643


Physical Regeneration
Regeneration Directorate
Innovation Centre
Bridgend Science Park
CF31 3NA

Tel (01656) 641711


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