PLANS to convert the disused Nell’s Point changing rooms into a new restaurant complex have moved a step closer after designs for the project were revealed.

The vacant building, which dates back to the Island’s Victorian heyday, is in line for a new lease of life following a recent marketing exercise by Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Developers Morse Affiliated have been chosen to deliver a project that will see the premises converted into four high-quality eateries.

And the first images of what this restaurant cluster, appropriately called Nell’s Point, will look like have now been released.

Though the basic structure of the grade II listed building must remain the same, its new look will have a very modern feel.

The proposals show that looking out over Whitmore Bay, one restaurant will be housed on the roof, with a retractable ceiling to allow for an open air dining experience during suitable weather.

Two restaurants will be located within the current main structure and another inside an extension added to the side of the building.

Morse Affiliated recently completed the refurbishment of the 1930’s cinema at Oyster Wharf at the Mumbles to a very high standard and the council is optimistic a development of similar quality will be delivered in this instance.

The move represents another step in the regeneration of Barry Island, which has undergone extensive improvement works in recent years, including upgrading the Grade II Listed Edwardian shelter, the provision of modern toilet facilities and the creation of distinctive new beach huts.

Cllr John Thomas, leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “I’m sure everyone is as excited as I am by the plans for the Old Public Conveniences at Nell’s Point. The vibrant design of the building is in keeping with the Island’s revival as a modern seaside resort.

“The council has committed significant resources to upgrading the Island over the last few years and it is encouraging to see this commitment continues to lead to ongoing private investment in the area.

“We believe bringing new high-calibre restaurants to the Island as part of this development can help make it even more appealing to residents and visitors alike.”

Speaking about the plans, Vale MP Alun Cairns said: “Having discussed the merits of investment into Barry for over a year with Mr Morse, I was delighted to have had the opportunity to introduce James to many of the biggest supporters of Barry as a destination to share information about the ambitious project.

"The plans are particularly exciting as the next step of the rejuvenation of such a great part of Wales. Those of us that know Barry know all about the potential – it is now becoming a reality as a year round destination and I continue to talk to other developers who are also interested in the potential of Barry and the Vale.”