£75 million proposed investment plans submitted for a new Noss on Dart Marina

Premier Marinas is set to submit planning applications for a £75 million redevelopment of Noss on Dart Marina.

One of the UK’s oldest shipyards and marina, the 37 acre site has a history that dates back to the 19th Century when Simpson Stickland and Company Ltd first established a shipyard. Boat building ceased in 1999 and Noss Marina went into administration in 2013.

Premier Marinas, which owns eight other south coast marinas, acquired the site in 2016. “We bought Noss simply because it’s breathtakingly beautiful and that, along with the local cruising grounds, is what drives our customer’s choice of where to view their berth,” explained Premier Marinas’ CEO Pete Bradshaw.

Premier’s plans were drawn up after extensive consultation with the local community and its detailed application covers the marina, boatyard, commercial and administrative units, parking and a waterfront hotel. Plans include a new 75 tonne boat hoist and a new dock facility for lifting and launching boats.

Noss on Dart Marina

Initial drawings of the plans for the 230-berth marina

The marina, which currently berths 180 boats rafted two by two, will be upgraded to finger pontoons with the ability to berth 232 boats plus a further dry stack option for 100 smaller motor boats. Provision for 70 summer boat storage spaces will increase to 100 during the winter. A 50 room hotel, which will be open to the public, will include two restaurants and a spa.

There will be a new home for South Devon College on the site, and 21 commercial units will be built. Infrastructure upgrades include a strengthened road access bridge and a seperate pedestrian bridge. Outline plans for a residential development have also been submitted.

Ross on Dart Marina

Boats have been built on this site since the 19th Century

Mindful of the heritage of the site, the plans include a reinterpretation of the iconic Phillips building and above the bistro cafe, a Heritage Centre will retell the site’s history.

Similarly, Premier has consulted with the relatives of those who died during the bombing of the shipyard in World War 2 to best incorporate a memorial to this tragic event into the site design.

Work on the marina, hotel and boatyard will be prioritised and is expected to take three years with residential development, which is seen as critical to the funding of the site, following.

Pete Bradshaw states: “Once up and running, we expect that on site employment will be between 150-200 jobs and there will be ongoing significant economic benefit from the new homes, council tax and business rates that the site will generate.”