Harrison Trust’s Medina Yard Plans Due Before Isle Of Wight Council Planners

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by Jason Moore

Full planning permission to demolish buildings and part of the J Samuel White building at Medina Yard in Cowes could be granted, among the decisions made by planning councillors at County Hall tonight (Tuesday).

Officers are recommending that conditional permission is given for the controversial huge staged development on land bounded by the River Medina, Cowes Youth Centre, and Medina, Thetis, Pelham and Arctic roads in Cowes.

Medina Yard (Image Harrison Trust)

The Harrison Trust, which is behind the proposed scheme, says on its website:

“Medina Yard Regeneration will create a distinctive new mixed use, waterfront quarter, with attractive public streets and spaces which draw on the existing character of Cowes, and strong connections to neighbouring areas including the town centre.”

The hybrid planning application (which means developers are asking for different stages of the scheme to be given permission) could create up to 535 homes and up to 18630 sqm of non-residential floor space.

Medina Yard was hit by fire in 2016

If it is given the go-ahead by the Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee, phase 1 of the development at the northern end of site, would see:

  • 9 buildings providing up to 256 residential units
  • Up to 460 sqm of flexible retail, financial, professional, food and drink space
  • Up to 493 sqm of flexible restaurant or bar floor space
  • Up to 1238 sqm of office and flexible workspace
  • Up to 689 sqm of retail, financial and professional food,drink, office and community space
  • Parking spaces
  • A piazza

The plan also allows for the re-construction of the seawall, the refurbishment of former J Samuel White offices and the listed Hammerhead Crane.

Developers also want outline planning permission for development at the southern end of site, for residential units, retail, financial and professional services, food and drink floor space, a community/museum, a public slipway and parking.

The Isle of Wight Council has declined to comment ahead of a formal decision.

Read the reaction of local people here.