Premier Marinas has recently been granted planning permission for the redevelopment of Noss on Dart marina. The £75m proposed investment in the site will create a unique place of interest and activity at the heart of which will be the UK’s finest marina and boatyard.
Noss on Dart was acquired by Premier in 2016 and comprises 37 acres of foreshore and woodland set on the bank of the River Dart, just below Kingswear and opposite Dartmouth. The site was formerly the Philip & Son shipbuilding yard but has operated as a marina and boatyard since shipbuilding ceased in the late 1990s.
Currently, much of the site is derelict and the existing marina infrastructure is in a poor state. Premier’s plans will reinvigorate the site, creating a waterside place comprising a new marina with around 232 berths; a dry stack for 100 smaller motor craft; a boatyard with a 75-tonne boat hoist servicing private, fishing and commercial craft across South Devon; 21 marine trade commercial units; a hotel with 50 rooms, two restaurants and a spa; new car parking arrangements and a Heritage centre to celebrate the site’s history. Premier’s plans also include a passenger ferry link to Dartmouth town with its shops, restaurants and historic places of interest.
To speed up delivery of the development, and in anticipation of planning consent for the main scheme, Premier has already commenced enabling development; a scheme to widen and strengthen the railway bridge providing access to the site has just been completed and works to create additional car parking in the woods above the site are underway.
Demolition of the site’s many derelict buildings will commence this autumn and will be followed by work on the replacement boatyard, car park and commercial buildings. Renewal of the floating marina will start in the winter of 2019/20 and once completed, the development of the hotel, Philip’s building and public areas will go ahead. Premier hopes to complete work on these core elements of the site by mid 2022 with the majority of the residential development taking place thereafter.
CEO Pete Bradshaw: ‘The redevelopment of Noss on Dart is hugely important to us. We want to build something very special here, to create a sustainable place around the best marina in the UK. After all, this is a glorious site and the majority of it will remain in our hands for a long time to come, so it really matters to us.’