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Potential plans for new multi-storey car park in Porthcawl

Hillsboro Car Park In Porthcawl (Pic: Google Maps)

THE POPULAR seaside town of Porthcawl could be set for some major changes in the coming years with proposals to alter parts of the seafront area as well as other sections of the town.

This major regeneration scheme lead by Bridgend Council would include a number of alterations to both the roads and layouts of the well-known tourist destination, as well the creation of about 900 new homes, a school, and a road system through Griffin Park.

If given the go-ahead in the future it could also see the creation of a 200m-long seafront park that runs the length of Salt Lake, along with the closure of the town’s Coney Beach Pleasure Park, with the land earmarked as part of the development.

However, areas for development named in the Porthcawl placemaking strategy, created in order to provide a guide for the development of Porthcawl Waterside in the coming years, also show a number of proposals for the Hillsboro area of the town based near to Porthcawl’s harbour.

These could include plans most notably for a new multi-story car park based in the current Hillsboro car park, as well as potential spaces for a commercial building and flexible community event space near Dock Street.

A report within the council’s placemaking strategy says it could look at two options for the facility, with either a 4.5 storey split level  car park with 760 spaces, or a four storey single level deck car park with  698 spaces.

The early stage proposals highlight what it says are a number of key opportunities in having an improved  car parking facility to “create high quality arrival space,” as well as the addition of flexible community event space for pop-up markets near to Dock Street.

It does however acknowledge that there are a number of constraints involved with such a project due to the proximity of the site to neighbouring residents, and the ground conditions along Hillsboro which could affect the “viability of excavation.”

The report read: “This simple capacity study illustrates how a double bank of regular parking adopting either a split section with connecting ramps, or a flat floor with external spiral ramps, would sit on the site. Further discussions would be required to determine the length and height of any final solution. Mixed use space is indicated onto Dock Street.

“Further more detailed studies are recommended that may also consider alternative future use as modal shift in transportation is realised, together with potential articulation and architectural treatment of the Portway façade.

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“Whilst an indicative multi storey car park scheme has been prepared in order to test the potential capacity of the existing Hillsboro car park site the specific nature and scale of any future parking proposals and overall transportation strategy will be subject to further consultation and detailed design work at the appropriate time.”