"As reported widely in the local media, the Harrison Trust’s plans to develop Medina Yard in Cowes have been approved by the Isle of Wight Council Planning Authority," writes Capt. Stuart McIntosh
. "At the planning hearing, strong objections were raised by CHC and harbour stakeholders. However, the application was approved on the condition that phases one and four of the development run parallel to preserve the marine industry at the site. This means that the creation of the marine employment space (phase 4) will have to be given full planning permission before any work can begin at the site.
"Cowes Harbour Commissioners (CHC) will review the full implications of the Council’s planning decision on the Medina Yard development and CHC’s position, in consultation with the Harbour Advisory Committee and other key parties.
"The Commissioners and I would like to emphasise that as Harbour Authority for Cowes and regardless of this planning outcome for Medina Yard, CHC has a firm ongoing commitment to work with all parties, to endeavour to maintain sustainable and deliverable marine employment sites and harbour facilities to enable both interim and long-term solutions for the Island’s marine industry.
"Meanwhile, this coming Easter weekend sees the traditional start to the Cowes racing season with the RORC Easter Challenge and also JOG’s Cowes to Cherbourg Race. Plus, look out for the new Cowes Harbour Handbook
that is due to be distributed around Cowes very soon.
"Wishing all our readers a very Happy Easter and safe sailing in 2018."
• Read the 29th March 2018 CHC Newsletter