An impression of the lower promenade.
HOUSING, shops, restaurants, commercial units, a museum and access to the water are what Isle of Wight residents want for Medina Yard, a report-back planning meeting has heard.
The ideas came after the developers held a community planning weekend and invited the town’s residents to put forward their own thoughts and hopes for the Harrison Trust-owned13-acre site at the estuary of the River Medina.
Jon Roshier, director of planners Rolfe Judd, said: "People mostly wanted sustainable jobs, a useable waterfront, commercial space and some want the crane to be preserved, while others didn’t due to the cost.
"The crane is retained in the current plan though we haven’t looked in detail as to how it will be used yet."
Mr Roshier added: "The next step will be to work up a detailed masterplan vision with the ideas, then a planning brief will be done in conjunction with the council and submitted to it around summer of this year, for it to hopefully use as planning guidance."
Charles Campion, a partner from John Thompson and Partners architects, said: "People are very keen to see the site regenerated and they have enjoyed the planning meetings and are keen to continue to be involved.
"We want a very open and accessible scheme for everybody."
Visitors to the report-back meeting on Tuesday saw an artist’s impressions of potential plans showing a promenade, the Hammerhead crane, apartment blocks and a business and heritage centre.
Cowes mayor Cllr David Walters said: "What they actually presented was quite spectacular. They want to open up a lot of the waterfront, which, on the schematics, looks really nice.
"The people of Cowes have had to look at the undeveloped site. The crane has been there for 100 years so it’s time the planners and developers got together to create something that’s workable."
The next community meeting for Medina Yard will be held at 7pm on Thursday, March 7, at Cowes Methodist Church.