Plans un­veiled for £75 mil­lion ma­rina devel­op­ment on River Dart

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More than 50 new pon­toon berths could be­come avail­able on the River Dart if Premier Mari­nas’ am­bi­tious plans for Noss on Dart Ma­rina are ap­proved. Premier bought the Devon boat­yard in 2016 af­ter it went into ad­min­stra­tion and has now sub­mit­ted plans to over­haul the river pon­toons, in­creas­ing the berths from 180 to 232. The yard's 44 river moor­ings are un­af­fected.

The scheme also in­cludes 100 dry-rack berths for small mo­tor­boats, a 75-tonne travel hoist and 100 win­ter berths on the hard. The ma­rina devel­op­ment will also see the ad­di­tion of a 50-room ho­tel, two restau­rants, a spa, 21 com­mer­cial units and a ferry link to Dart­mouth.

Premier Mari­nas chief ex­ec­u­tive Pete Bradshaw said: ‘We bought Noss be­cause it’s breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful. We recog­nise that Noss is a chal­leng­ing site, 37 acres in an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty, and we’re sen­si­tive to the con­straints that cre­ates. Noss on Dart is cur­rently in a poor state with un­safe build­ings and pon­toons. It’s vi­tal that we do some­thing within two years or the op­por­tu­nity will be lost.’

Busi­nesses on site will em­ploy be­tween 150 and 200 peo­ple once work is com­plete.

The plans have been well re­ceived by lo­cals. Royal Dart Yacht Club com­modore Tony Swain­ston said: ‘The devel­op­ment will be very pos­i­tive for the River Dart and for our club. It will bring sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment to an area of the river that has been ne­glected for many years. The in­crease in moor­ings is not ex­ces­sive and will not present any prob­lems to river users.’

Plans to de­velop Noss on Dart Ma­rina have been well re­ceived

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