East Cowes Waterfront consultation

The consultation on the waterfront plan and the levelling up public realm scheme will be held at the Columbine Building on Friday the 10th and Saturday 11th of December, and Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 December 2021.  

Come and find out more about the “Levelling-up fund” plans in East Cowes and proposals for the wider waterfront.  This is your chance to tell us what you think. 

We have arranged with Classic Boat Museum that anyone attending on the 10th and 11th can also have free access to the recently refurbished museum. 

Drop in dates and times 

  • Friday 10 December 2021 10 – 4pm  
  • Saturday 11 December 10 – 4pm 
  • Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 December 12 – 7pm 


The Columbine building, entrance on corner of Columbine Rd and Castle St, East Cowes PO32 6GG

Soft Market Testing: Shanklin Spa site

The Isle of Wight Council own this prominent seafront site of historical importance which is identified as suitable for redevelopment, and a strategic opportunity to advance the regeneration of the Sandown Bay area. Expressions of Interest are invited from potential buyers or development partners to deliver a high quality, mixed use development of architectural merit which will enhance the character of the Esplanade.

The Isle of Wight Council invites parties to review the development opportunity and submit Expressions of Interest in relation to the delivery of all or part of a scheme for the site.

It is important to note that this is not an offer for sale or invitation to tender, it is strictly an Expressions of Interest exercise to capture market interest via a Prior Information Notice (PIN). Any further decision on development strategy will be subject to the rules associated with a formal procurement process or marketing method.

Expressions of interest must be in by 30/09/2021

Indicative area. Not to scale.

Ryde interchange consultation

Ryde interchange

The Ryde Interchange consultation runs for six weeks

from 22 June to 3 August 2021.

In July 2020, we were awarded £10 million from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund. The funding will help to improve Ryde transport interchange.  Much of the project funding is conditional on some specific improvements being made which form the basis of the design. There are also aspects of the final design that can be influenced by the community particularly those that help define the look and feel of the public space. We have launched a consultation to encourage people to share their views on these elements. This will help inform our decision around any final plans.

See the design, and give your feedback on our consultation page.

Go to the consultation page

Medina Valley Marine and Composites Sector Proposition: report

The Isle of Wight and in particular, the Medina, has long been seen as a home to all things marine: the invention, construction and only remaining operation of the hovercraft, flying boats and more recently cutting edge foot-passenger ferry manufacture has sat alongside the marine leisure offer epitomised by Cowes.

The well paid skilled jobs provided in the marine industry have kept generations of islanders gainfully employed. The council wants to better understand the marine sector on the Island and the challenges it faces. The Isle of Wight Council’s regeneration team has produced a detailed report on the Medina Valley, focussing on the Marine and Composites Sector.

Medina Valley report

View the report (PDF)

The report will raise the profile of the island contribution to a key sector of the broader Solent economy now and in the future. It sets out the economic benefits the sector provides and highlights the need for modern manufacturing premise to help its future growth.

Key growth opportunities

The expansion of demand for wind farm service boats in the UK and Europe is highlighted as one of the growth opportunities Island firms could exploit. The study assesses the range of sites available in the Medina Valley for the development of new facilities benchmarking against competitors in Norfolk and Pembrokeshire. The level of skills in the industry that exist on the island is highlighted as key strength.

Seeking government funding

The study recommends the council seek funding to address the infrastructure issues connected with some of the existing and potential sites. The report will be used to support a bid for government funding, as part of the islands recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Housing Needs Survey

Earlier this year the council published its corporate plan and within it made a clear commitment to ensuring that “people have a place to call home and can live with independence”. Following publication of the draft Island Planning Strategy for consultation earlier in 2019, there was, and indeed continues to be, significant concern expressed about the number of homes being planned for the Island.

Continue reading

Study Isle of Wight: pick up your Higher Education Guide now

Study Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a unique location – ideal to live, work, learn and play! Because it’s a great place to live, it’s also a great place to study. The Island is where you can take education to a higher level; whether you’ve already got a job and want to gain a higher education qualification at the same time; if you want to do a higher level or degree level apprenticeship, or if you want to take a full or part time course.

Continue reading

Newport Harbour Masterplan

A brand-new foot and cycle bridge across the Medina is one of the features of the Newport Harbour Masterplan.

After two years of consultation the Isle of Wight Council has put forward the latest plans to redevelop the harbour and quay area in the heart of the Island’s historic county town.

An exhibition outlining the proposals will be based at 30 High Street, Newport, throughout the summer, with opportunities to talk to the masterplanning team:

  • Monday 15th July 2019 11am to 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 16th July 2019 2pm-8pm
  • Wednesday 17th July 2019 11am to 5pm

The exhibition continues Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm, from July 18th until August 30th, 2019 as well as touring various locations across the Island – keep an eye on social media for details. Or visit the consultation website at any time to have your say.

Options and concepts are displayed in this simulation of what some of the developments could look like.

Options under consideration include restaurants, housing, commercial space, new car parking, higher education resources, a rebuild of the existing Riverside Centre, a new hotel and a cultural venue.

Options for Newport Harbour

The project is intended to increase connectivity to the existing town centre, attract visitors, and ensure the future of the harbour by providing for maintenance and investment in harbour facilities.

The new proposals are mostly on the eastern side of the estuary, keeping the Medina itself available for boats and leaving more commercial functions on the west, including the existing marine and boating activity.
The plan aims to keep and reuse buildings where possible, to help conserve and enhance the historic and marine heritage of Newport Quay.

Plans have been drawn up in the light of suggestions from harbour users, residents and businesses, and as a result the new proposals include a smaller residential area as a gateway to the green space, the chance to create places where people can both live and work, and a potential new focus on creative industries.

The proposed lifting bridge is for pedestrians and cyclists, linking Seaclose Park with destinations such as the Isle of Wight College and St Mary’s Hospital, as well as the many shops and businesses at Dodnor.
This would be in addition to any possible future vehicle bridge, which is not included in this plan.

The proposals could be adopted as planning policy, which will then be the framework for development over the next 20-25 years with the first projects on the ground in the next two or three years.