Plans to turn Lowestoft Ness into “landmark destination” similar to Land’s End following £1m grant

The coast off Ness Point in Lowestoft.
Picture: James Bass

The coast off Ness Point in Lowestoft. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Plans are to be put in place to transform Britain's most easterly point into a landmark destination.

It comes after it was announced that a grant worth around £1m has been awarded to rejuvenate Lowestoft Ness.

The plans are to transform the site into something similar to other cardinal points at Land's End and John O'Groats.

The project will improve access, knowledge, participation and enjoyment of the area and its unique maritime heritage.

Stephen Baker, Chief Executive of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils said: 'This is absolutely fantastic news for Lowestoft and huge congratulations must go to the funding team here at Waveney District Council (WDC) who put together an outstanding bid, which entirely succeeded in its aims.

'Waveney, working in partnership with Suffolk Coastal is entirely committed to creating economic growth within the districts and bids of this nature are a key part of our strategy to improve lives and opportunities in the towns and villages of east Suffolk.

'The Coastal Community Team, identified Lowestoft Ness as a priority and it has long been our ambition to create a visitor destination worthy of its location.'

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The grant was awarded to Lowestoft Coastal Communities Team, after the WDC put together a bid to the Department of Communities and Local Government.

A statement from Waveney District Council said: 'It will provide a fantastic opportunity to create a major, new visitor attraction by transforming a currently unappealing semi-derelict green space and seafront promenade into an events and cultural heritage space.'

Lowestoft faced stiff competition for funding with 248 applications from across the country made to the government's Coastal Communities Fund.

Last month WDC in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council secured over £700,000 funding for arts and culture.

WDC also received funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to speed up regeneration of derelict land and international designer Wayne Hemingway is spending time with the council to support their vision to revitalise the South Beach seafront.

Mr Baker said: 'These are really exciting times for the town and we could not be more delighted that our ambitions are becoming a reality.'