Battle for Birnbeck as RNLI seek to advance plans

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The tale of Birnbeck Pier is a long and meandering one with a new twist in the shape of Royal National Lifeboat Institute plans to return to the landmark.


The RNLI has restated its interest in acquiring Birnbeck Pier following a council CPO, outlining plans to conduct a full structural survey of the Grade II*- listed landmark.

Forming part of the charity’s listed building application, the survey will allow assessment of the trestles, abutments and foundations, before plans progress to the concept stage.

“The knowledge gained will be used to consolidate structural modelling and allow the design work to move into concept design,” states the proposal.

“The information will also inform more precisely the content and scope of future surveys and design development.”

Though the compulsory purchase order seeks to remove the crumbling pier from current owners CNM Estates, the property company has been prompted into action by the move.

Stating it has “sought to prioritise the required works” since a North Somerset Council repairs notice last year, CNM has also submitted a listed building application to the authority.

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