Change on the horizon for Birnbeck Pier

Birnbeck Pier North Somerset Council
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North Somerset Council has advanced plans to purchase Birnbeck Pier, after the High Court ordered owner CNM Estates to find a buyer before 22 January, following a loan dispute.

 

The case was brought against CNM by a creditor owed £1m by the developer, and follows a Compulsory Purchase Order being served on the landmark in September.

“Despite the court ruling, North Somerset Council says it will continue with its process to compulsory purchase the pier,” reported Somerset Live.

“The CPO would allow the council to purchase the pier and then transfer ownership of the landmark to the RNLI.”

If successful, the purchase would see the RNLI re-establish its base on the pier, having been forced to leave the structure on safety grounds in 2013 after 131- years on site.

The pier closed to the public following safety concerns in 1994, and is now featured on the Buildings at Risk Register.

Following the ruling, CNM stated it had a buyer lined up for the pier, but refused to divulge any further information.

Should the commercial deal fail, the council’s CPO will need approval from the Secretary of State before being implemented, which could take up to 18 months.


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