The Medina Yard site from the river

Harrison Trust’s controversial plans to develop Medina Yard in Cowes have taken a significant step forward this evening (Tuesday).

Despite opposition from some Islanders, full planning permission has been granted for phase one of the development, which could see up to 256 residential units built, along with hundreds of square metres of retail, food, and office space.

In order for that to be given the go-ahead Councillors at this evening’s planning committee meeting requested it must be “undertaken in parallel”  to phase 4.

That means the creation of the marine employment space (phase 4) will have to be given full planning permission before work begins.

Councillors also agreed to give outline permission for development on the southern end of the site, in the form of phases 2 and 3, which could see a further 279 homes, more food and retail units and creation of marine industrial space. 

In total the hybrid planning application could see up to 535 homes built and up to 18630 sqm of non-residential floor space.