New loos and restaurant with terrace overlooking Sandown’s beach planned

The plans submitted to the Isle of Wight council by the Isle of Wight council are for public toilets and a restaurant

Pier Street planning Overview

A busy stretch of Isle of Wight seafront could see a new restaurant and public toilets if planning permission is granted.

Sandown seafront could be given a new lease of life as the Isle of Wight Council has submitted a planning application, to itself, to partially tear down the public toilets and make way for a new retail unit, Ocean Bay Beach Shop, and cafe.

It is also thought five full-time and ten part-time jobs could be created with the development.

Eastern Bay Regeneration Plan
The plans to rejuvenate and completely renovate the toilets are part of the council’s Eastern Bay Regeneration Plan.

A separate set of unisex public toilets, with changing facilities, will be built to the side of the new commercial property where food kiosk, Only Foods and Sauces, used to stand.

Pier Street plans

Terrace overlooking the sandy beaches
The area, opposite the entrance to Sandown Pier, will include a terrace overlooking the sandy beaches for the new food and drink outlet.

In the design and access statement, the plans to rejuvenate the seafront are called an “opportunity to revitalise a critical urban space within the heart of Sandown.”

It also says it will create “a new functional space of simple yet high quality design that draws upon social and historical context”.

Comments on the application can be made until 13th March.

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8 Comments on "New loos and restaurant with terrace overlooking Sandown’s beach planned"

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Mark L Francis

At least we have something going up, not just falling down.


How many hotels, cafe’s and bars will lose their view as a result of this structure? No need for the double tier. Is yet another cafe down by the pier really necessary as there are several there already?

I wonder what other beach goods retailers and cafes within the area think? Is there need for further provision? As for the toilets, it is long overdue to provide the sea front area with decent facilities, but I feel this development is more about building a commercial building for rent rather than providing toilets. There is very little detail in the rather glossy planning application which must… Read more »

Please could you add a link to the planning application?


No wonder our council tax rises steeply every year.
This council seems to want to spend spend spend at our expense, surely that is wrong.
The building is too modern & will ruin the area that has enough tea rooms & sandwich bars already.
Bo wonder this council is always pleading poverty, the answer is to save the cash & lower OUR council tax.


Link to the planning application here.

I am unclear as to the type of changing facilities available, difficult looking on my mobile, so have emailed for clarification. This would be the ideal opportunity to include a “Changing Places” facility and I hope it has been…


I’ve checked and this does not include a “Changing Places” facility. How shortsighted…


I like it. Go for it.