Plans for new Ilfracombe Watersports centre get the green light

A state-of-the-art, multi-million pound watersports centre, close to our holiday parks in Ilfracombe, is edging closer to reality after plans were given the green light this week.

On Wednesday, North Devon Council’s planning committee rubber-stamped the Larkstone Cove centre, after plans were recommended for approval in July last year.

The centre is aiming to boost the number of watersports clubs based in Ilfracombe, as well as local and tourist participation. Plans feature a boatyard, equipment storage facilities, changing rooms, showers, teaching space and a cafe.

Ilfracombe Watersports Centre Approved | John Fowler Holiday Parks

Mike Edmunds, Ilfracombe town and district councillor, said: “This is a facility which would enhance the whole of Ilfracombe.”

“I am delighted that the one concern I had has been resolved which was the sea defence wall. It was going to be a concrete wall but will now be stone wall.”

“I can see no reason why this should be refused. It is absolutely what is needed in Ilfracombe and will help regenerate the town,” he added.

Councillor Paul Yabsley said Ilfracombe was a booming Watersports town which would benefit from the facility.

The plans were given unanimous approval – meaning it might not be long before you and I can pay the centre a visit from our UK holiday parks.