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Bridlington town centre area action plan (AAP)

What the Bridlington town centre area action plan is, what the timescale is, what the latest stage is and viewing previous consultations and guidance. 

What is the Bridlington Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP)?

The Bridlington Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP) sets out the planning policy approach and development proposals for the town centre and harbour area of Bridlington. The AAP is part of the East Riding's Local Plan which means it is used to help determine planning applications within the town centre area of Bridlington.

The AAP puts forward six strategic objectives. These are interdependent and build on the progress already made in refurbishing The Spa, improving the offer of Bessingby Industrial Estate and delivering new public realm schemes in the town centre.

The six strategic objectives are to:

  • regenerate the town centre to meet the year round needs of Bridlington and its catchment for retail, leisure and other town centre uses, including office space to support the growth of its small business community
  • create a marina which includes and regenerates the Harbour and integrates with the town centre Primary Shopping Area and The Spa
  • create a good quality, well-designed and varied town centre residential offer
  • make the town centre easily accessible and comfortably usable all year round
  • create a strategic framework of new and enhanced public spaces and pedestrian environments in the town centre
  • raise design standards in the built environment and conserve, recover and enhance the town centre's distinctive historic character.

The adopted version of the Bridlington Town Centre AAP and the accompanying policies map are available to view below.

Bridlington Town Centre AAP - Adopted Jan 2013 (pdf 5.0mb opens in new window)

Bridlington Town Centre AAP - Policies Map (pdf 1.9mb opens in new window)

The general policy approach for Bridlington is set out in the Strategy Document, and its policies apply in the area action plan area. The Allocations Document focuses on site-specific issues outside of Bridlington's town centre.

Bridlington Town Centre and Marina SPD

Alongside the Bridlington Town Centre AAP, the Bridlington Town Centre and Marina Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides detailed design guidance for the delivery of the development proposals set out in the AAP. All those proposing development within the AAP area will be required to follow the design guidance set out in the SPD. The aim of this design guidance is to assist developers in producing scheme proposals which will comply with the policies contained in the AAP.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council consulted on first and second drafts of the SPD during August/September 2009 and April/May 2013. Consultation responses were incorporated into a final SPD which was adopted by the council on 9 October 2013.

A Conservation Area Character Assessment (CACA) was also produced, which highlights significant heritage assets within the Bridlington Quay Conservation Area. 

When was the Bridlington Town Centre AAP adopted?

The Bridlington Town Centre AAP was adopted by the council on 9 January 2013. The AAP was considered by an independent Inspector at public examination hearings on 5 - 8 December 2011 and 16 May 2012.

The Inspector’s report was published on 22 August 2012 and concluded that the AAP satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and meets the criteria for soundness in the National Planning Policy Framework, subject to the inclusion of a number of minor post-publication changes, together with two main modifications in the form of introducing a policy on the presumption in favour of sustainable development and that the area at the top of the harbour should not be included within the Burlington Parade development.

Where can I find more information about how the AAP was prepared?

The Bridlington Town Centre AAP underwent a series of public consultation stages and a number of studies were prepared to inform the overall approach of the plan.

For more information on the document and the examination process please visit the Bridlington Renaissance Partnership website:

Bridlington Renaissance Partnership (external East Riding website)

Has any additional guidance been published?

Yes, a Bridlington Town Centre and Marina supplementary planning document (SPD) has been prepared. 

It provides detailed design guidance for the delivery of the development proposals set out in the Bridlington Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP). All those proposing development within the AAP area will be required to follow the design guidance set out in the SPD. The aim of this design guidance is to assist developers in producing scheme proposals which will comply with the policies contained in the AAP. 

Bridlington Town Centre and Marina SPD (pdf 12.7mb opens in new window)

More information can be found on the Bridlington Renaissance Partnership website:

Bridlington Renaissance Partnership (external East Riding website)

Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 November 2017