Reworked proposals for the £100m regeneration of the North Wales town’s waterfront have gone before the public and a planning application is expected in April.
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Outline consent was granted in 2014 by Isle of Anglesey County Council to joint venture developer Conygar Stena Line to regenerate the area. However, although the outline consent remains extant – the period for the submission of reserved matters lapsed in February 2019.
A refined and scaled-down application is now being prepared on behalf of new applicant Conygar Holyhead, with a consultation running until 1 February ahead of a hoped-for April submission.
Key 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
The project team includes CAD Architects, Dutch engineering consultancy Royal Haskoning and planning and environmental consultancy Axis. Conygar Holyhead is a subsidiary of Conygar Investment Company, which has advanced several projects in North Wales in recent years.
Conygar owns the former Shell depot in Rhosgoch, which had been proposed as a site to support the Wylfa nuclear project.
Conygar’s Holyhead 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 apatments, terraces and villas; along with the yacht basin.
CAD Architects’ managing director Mark Davies said: “The proposed Holyhead Waterfront redevelopment is comprehensive. It will incorporate a new 250-berth marina, amphitheatre, promenade and gardens, together with over 250 new homes. There are also two iconic 19th century listed buildings, which will be sympathetically restored and converted.
“Our vision is to transform Holyhead waterfront into a vibrant place to live, work and play, whilst preserving its unique character and protecting the existing setting.”
The porposals can be viewed online in a virtual exhibition.
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