Planning permission to expire for long-running Warrenpoint marina

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is set to consider the future of the boating marina project for Warrenpoint.

The decision comes as existing planning permission expires next month and finance is needed to be secured in the future.

Council has for a number of years planned to develop a boating marina in Warrenpoint in partnership with Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.

An approximate total cost for the construction of the Warrenpoint marina in 2012 was 8.7m.

Planning permission currently in place to build a 200-berth marina is due to expire on Wednesday, 6 September.

A recent council meeting heard how officials from the ERT Department have met recently with the CEO of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.

They have indicated that they prefer proceeding with the project on the basis of the following; a standalone Warrenpoint marina project in partnership with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.

In 2012 an application was submitted to the INTERREG IV tourism call in partnership with a number of cross-border stakeholders.

However, while the project was shortlisted, due to budget constraints and cross-border displacement issues it was turned down for funding.

Council outlined at the meeting that some points may need to be taken for future consideration.

It was revealed the existing business plan for the marina construction will require updating, as well as the existing environmental impact statement.

Funding sources will also require identifying to realise the project and although detailed in the council's South East Coast Masterplan, there is no budget within the council to implement any aspect of the project.

The application for renewal of the planning permission for the marina will be submitted this month.


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