Floating event pontoons and a new waterside public walkway circling Plymouth’s historic harbour could be installed in Sutton Harbour by the spring, if planning permission is approved.

Sutton Harbour Group plc has now submitted an application for full planning permission and listed building consent to Plymouth City Council to enable the immediate installation of the pontoons, along with a new, extended pedestrian walkway linking Vauxhall Quay with Guys Quay.

The walkway would complete the circular harbourside Heritage Trail, enabling people to more easily enjoy the harbour and walk around the edge of the harbourfront in a continu-ous route.

Both the walkway and pontoons could be installed in time for the spring/summer season if approved, enabling their use during the Mayflower 400 commemoration year and enhanc-ing access around the harbour in time to benefit the increased numbers visiting the city for Mayflower 400 events.

The floating event pontoons would be available to host a range of events on the water in Sutton Harbour, including live music concerts, film festivals, exercise classes like yoga on the water and live big screen showings of major sporting events.

The pontoons could also be used for community events and popular family-friendly events hosted annually in Britain’s Ocean City, such as Plymouth Pirate Weekend and Plymouth Seafood Festival.

Philip Beinhaker, executive chairman of Sutton Harbour Group plc, said: “Sutton Harbour Group is committed to supporting the development of Plymouth’s waterfront and making best use of its historic harbourside, especially during 2020 with the city in the spotlight for the Mayflower 400 commemorations and an expected influx of visitors to the waterfront.

“We hope Plymouth City Council will approve the final application that we have now com-pleted, following approval by the Marine Management Organisation on October 14, 2019 and of the pre-application submission that we made to PCC on July 25, 2019.

The pontoons and walkway will help improve circulation and activity around Sutton Harbour, as well as creating two new event spaces on the water within the harbour itself, in time for the busy calendar of Mayflower 400 events this year.”

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