First step towards re-development of Barry’s Nell’s Point
17 November 2015
A proposal for a substantial hotel and linked resort development on the site formerly occupied by Barry Island’s holiday camp has been welcomed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council as a significant first step towards another exciting chapter in the resort’s recent history.
The Nell's Point site, currently used as a temporary car park, and the adjacent grade II listed toilet block was this summer the subject of a marketing exercise by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Following this the Council’s Cabinet has now agreed a "preferred bidder" so that negotiations can begin with the developers on proposals for a hotel, leisure facilities and the re-use of the toilet block.
Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, greeted the news with qualified optimism, saying: “The Council's preference has always been a tourism and leisure development for Nell's Point and we are delighted to now be able to enter into discussions with a developer that shares our vision.
“While it must be emphasised that we are still at the first stage of what could be a lengthy process, the outcome of the marketing exercise shows just how far Barry Island has come in recent years and the level of confidence that now surrounds the resort.”
The iconic resort has this year enjoyed one of the busiest summer seasons in recent memory following a £3m regeneration programme delivered by the Vale of Glamorgan Council with funding from the Welsh Government. The project has won plaudits throughout the summer and has recently been shortlisted for a Welsh planning award, two months after having been recognised as an excellent example of regeneration at a UK town planning awards ceremony. If progressed then the new hotel would overlook the renovated eastern shelter, vibrantly coloured beach huts, and popular climbing wall, which have been central to the Island’s transformation.