Pembrokeshire Council today granted consent for the 450-berth, 250-apartment marina at Fishguard Harbour. The development will take up much of the inner harbour between the two breakwaters, and includes provision of 19 acres for future expansion of the Stena Line port.
By any measure, this is the biggest development approved for Fishguard & Goodwick in many years – perhaps since the Great Western Railway completed its development of Fishguard Harbour over a century ago.
Robert Ware, Chief Executive of Conygar Investment says “We are delighted that Pembrokeshire County Council has resolved to grant planning permission for our marina development at Fishguard. This now gives us the confidence to push ahead with preparing detailed proposals during the course of which we will continue to consult with all relevant parties and address any remaining issues that may still be of concern.”
The permission granted today is still in outline. Ware explains: “our detailed planning submissions will incorporate a Landmark Visitor Centre with associated parking for cars and coaches, which we believe will attract significant numbers of all year round visitors including those travelling to and from Ireland.”
With a brand new station just yards from the Marina entrance, we hope that Conygar will also realise the potential of rail. Not every yacht arriving at Fishguard will have a car waiting on the quayside. And Fishguard and Goodwick will be one of very few UK stations with a direct exit to a marina.
Jobs – economic regeneration – tourism – housing – visitor attractions – it’s a promising and exciting mix. Let’s make sure that our new transport hub is built into the heart of the detailed plans.