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The Porth-y-Felin residential area includes 136 homes. Credit: consultation documents

Conygar submits Holyhead Waterfront plans

Neil Tague

The developer is seeking to build a 250-berth marina, 259 townhouses and apartments, and marine-related commercial and retail space within the £100m project’s scope.

Working with Cornwall-based CAD Architects, the listed Conygar Investment Company has now filed detailed plans for the development, looking to augment an outline consent granted in 2014 to Conygar and its then-partner Stena Line.

Plans went out to consultation earlier this year for a scheme that is scaled down from the iteration put forward by the previous partnership, that outline consent covering up to 325 homes, a hotel and 40,000 sq ft of retail.

The main elements of the project include:

  • Introducing a wider mix of waterfront housing, including converting the listed former naval residence Soldiers Point House, along with associated outbuildings, into apartments
  • Creating a yacht basin
  • Halving the number of marina berths from 500 to 250; the introduction of an amphitheatre, terraced inlet and covered market arcade
  • Breaking up development areas to improve views through the scheme
  • Moving most of the project’s parking underground
  • Raising the development platform to improve its resilience to climate change

Consultation and pre-application discussions concluded in August.

Robert Ware, chief executive of Conygar, said: “We are pleased to have submitted our planning application and are very optimistic that these proposals will be a catalyst for the regeneration of Holyhead, bringing significant economic benefits to the area and local community”.

Conygar’s plans include the construction of a new, robust breakwater. Taking up part of this reclaimed area will be Newry Beach, a signature development of six apartment blocks including 108 homes. The existing maritime museum in the area will be retained. Newry Beach’s commercial element will include the 250-berth marina.

The other key part of the residential proposal is Porth-y-Felin, built around a listed building of the same name. This will include 136 homes on reclaimed land, including apartments, terraces and villas; along with the yacht basin.

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Holyhead could be a lovely place and is in desperate need of updating (IMO). The Isle of Anglesey is stunning and surely this can only be good for the area as long as the properties have design and construction which will stand the test of time (and the elements).

By Simple

This will be of no benefit to local people . Please leave the beach front as it is . Holyhead needs affordable homes for its local people . What a sad state of affairs .

By Lisa Thomas

It will benefit local people, as residents will use local shops and facilities, and pay council tax.
Once again nimbys opposing development as they prefer the status quo.

By Anonymous

Conygar has no interest in any aspect of Holyhead other than potential profit
The previous alliance with Stena should have alerted locals to that! Exactly what “local shops and facilities ” will apartment owning yachties use? For many of Holyhead’s deprived population the Newry and Porthyfelin area provides free and accessible space in times of hardships and stress. The only development needed in this town should provide decent housing and hope for locals, not luxury flats and potential holiday lets!!

By D E Jones

I say this is very much wanted in Holyhead and new residents will be made to feel most welcome by the majority of the community. Perhaps the hundreds of new residents will help support the local shops mentioned in a previous comment!

By Anonymous

I have no doubt locals will not be allowed anywhere near that area once it’s built , will be strictly private I’m sure

By Anonymous

Just what we need more expensive properties so the wealthy can outbid local people and use Newry beach as a playground for a few weeks of the year, how about building affordable homes for young local families to live in!!!!

By Andrew

Fantastic news
Just what Holyhead needs.

By Andy wedlake

In these times of rising sea levels would it not make more sense to prioritise development away from the current coastline?

By Greg Walton

Like the rest of the UK Holyhead needs affordable homes but what is affordable? £100,000 is not affordable when you are on minimum or even the living wage or worse still unemployed, this project will bring a allegedly corrupt council the increased revenue to build council house with reasonable rents for LOCAL people.
So called affordable housing will be sold to those with the means to buy them the majority of which will be from outside Wales.

By Dakawales

Disgusting plan and hope it fails, leave our beach as it is

By Concerned tax payer

This can be only good for Holyhead, It will provide extra council tax. provide employment and support the local economy. any existing residents moving in will make more cheaper properties available in the area. all quality developments will benefit the whole community.

By Anonymous

Not wanted! There’ll be nowhere left for the locals to enjoy if this goes ahead. Penrhos forest being turned into a holiday park and now this. There will be uproar if this gets built and who would want to buy one after what happened to the marina in the last storm?

By Anonymous