A SEATING area is to be installed near Verity on Ilfracombe Pier after it was granted planning permission by North Devon Council’s planning committee.
The work represents the next step in the plan to regenerate the area, after Damien Hirst’s Verity sculpture, which he has loaned to the town for 20 years, was erected late last year.
The seating area will be raised above the car park at the end of the pier and edged with a granite kerb. The words truth and justice will be etched into a retaining wall.
It will have disability access and will also include an information plaque, which will give visitors to the statue detail on what it represents.
The work will not mean a reduction in the number of parking bays available in the car park.
Planning officer Mr Kelly said it will simply replace the current “untidy and tired looking viewing area”.
Plans for the work, which form phase three of the ‘Verity project’, were unanimously approved by the committee.
Ilfracombe councillor Geoff Fowler said the work would “finish the project off really nicely”.
The application for planning permission had to be considered by the committee, because the work will go ahead on land owned by North Devon Council, and a decision cannot be delegated to planning officers.