Axis was appointed by Conygar to help secure planning permission for its vision for Holyhead Waterfront redevelopment to capitalise on the town’s strategic position to drive commerce, tourism, and regeneration benefits.
The town of Holyhead on Anglesey in North Wales has experienced a gradual decline over the years – a knock-on effect of acute socio-economic issues including a lack of new infrastructure, private sector investment and difficulties optimising the benefits of coastal tourism.
Our client, Conygar Holyhead Ltd, owns a significant 1.2km stretch of land along Holyhead’s waterfront, where it is proposing to develop a thriving new waterfront community.
In 2020, Axis was appointed by Conygar to help secure planning permission for its vision for Holyhead Waterfront, which aligns closely with prevailing market conditions and capitalises on the town’s strategic position to drive commerce, tourism, and regeneration benefits.
With assistance from marine development specialists Royal Haskoning DHV, Axis has prepared a detailed planning application with listed building consent, along with an associated environmental statement that addresses the potential effects of the proposal on terrestrial, intertidal and sub-tidal areas.
The proposed development includes a new 250-berth marina and a new beach to the east, renovation and reuse of the existing listed properties along the waterfront and coastline, more than 250 new homes – including holiday lodges, commercial, retail and leisure units, various transport infrastructure upgrades and improvements to public access and amenities.
Wider community benefits will also be delivered by working in partnership with established local businesses and other tourist attractions, such as the Breakwater Country Park. The application was submitted in October 2021 and is currently before the Isle of Anglesey County Council for determination.
The Axis team is optimistic that detailed planning permission will soon be granted for the new development proposal, which will help attract more visitors to Holyhead and support the regeneration of the town.
Project lead Alistair Yates commented: “Bringing forward this development proposal demonstrates our ability to not only deal effectively with the complex issues associated with large-scale maritime developments, but also to navigate the intricacies of the Welsh planning system, which continues to diverge from that established in England.”
Conygar added: “Axis has performed faultlessly on this large, mixed-use waterfront development, leading a team of specialist consultants and liaising with the planning authority.”
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