Holyhead Waterfront worries

Reporter:

Geraint Jones

FEARS have been raised that a controversial £100 million marine development will “destroy” a Holyhead beach.

David Lloyd Williams of Newry Beach Residents’ Association slammed Anglesey Council’s decision to grant outline planning permission for the Holyhead Waterfront develoment, which would include a 500 berth marina, 326 homes and a hotel.

He said: “We feel the Ynys Mon planning committee have stolen Newry Beach from our children, and our children’s children.
 
“Newry Beach will be destroyed forever by the proposed development.”
 
Mr Williams claimed the council could not grant planning permission for a development on the harbour sea bed, as it under UK Government’s juristiction.

He said an assessment on Pwllhelii marina five years ago cast doubt on how many jobs would be created, and added it would have a detrimental effect on the Welsh language.

He added: “The beach is the only quality amenity area in Holyhead, enjoyed by everyone living in the town and more than 300,000 annual visitors.”

Mr Williams added that a the group requested call-in notice from the Welsh Asembly, which meant the council could not discuss the application.
An Anglesey Council spokesman said planning permission did not remove the need to obtain any other relevant consents that may be required.

He added: "However, it does not follow that a grant of planning permission is illegal simply because there are other legalities that also need to be overcome."

The spokesman added that a Welsh language impact assessment concluded the development would in its entirety have a positive effect on the Welsh language.

He added: “As regards jobs it is acknowledged that at this early stage making accurate predictions on employment opportunities is difficult, however comparison with another recently completed marina-based development indicated that the development at Holyhead had the potential to create over 300 jobs."
 
While aware of the call-in request, the council had not received a direction not to discuss the application.

The spokesman added: “ No planning permission will be issued until this process has run its course.”
 

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