On Tuesday 27 March 2018, following a significant community and stakeholder engagement process, the Medina Yard Regeneration team was delighted to secure from the Isle of Wight Planning Committee resolution to grant planning permission (subject to a s.106 agreement).
Artist’s impression of Hammerhead Square looking north towards entrance lane
Medina Yard is a significant urban brownfield site located within walking distance of Cowes town centre and occupies a highly prominent stretch of river frontage at the mouth of the Medina Estuary.
Since 2013, the Medina Yard Regeneration Team has been working closely with the local community to develop proposals for the regeneration of the site. Following extensive consultation, the Harrison Trust has submitted a ‘hybrid’ planning application and an application for Listed Building Consent to the Isle of Wight Council for the comprehensive regeneration of Medina Yard – the island’s most important urban brownfield site. With the historic crane as an anchor point for the regeneration, the scheme will create a sustainable, waterfront neighbourhood for the community of Cowes and wider island to enjoy.
The proposed development comprises the elements submitted as below:
1. Full planning permission for demolition of existing buildings and partial demolition of JSW building, redevelopment of Phase 1 at northern end of site comprising construction of 3 building clusters (total of 9 buildings) to provide:
- 256 residential units (Use Class C3)
- 460 sqm of flexible retail, financial and professional services, food and drink floor space (Use Class A1, A2, A3 and A4)
- 493 sqm of flexible restaurant or bar floor space (Use Class A3, A4)
- 1,238 sqm of office and flexible workspace (Use Class B1)
- 689 sqm of flexible retail, financial and professional services, food and drink office and community use floor space (Use Class A1, A2, A3, A4, B1 and D1)
- 242 basement car parking spaces
- 287 cycle parking spaces
- Creation of new public routes, piazza and associated landscaping treatment
2. Outline planning permission for development at the southern end of site to provide:
- 279 residential units (Use Class C3)
- 631 sqm of flexible retail, financial and professional services, food and drink floor space (Use Class A1, A2, A4 and A4)
- 616 sqm community/museum use floor space (Use Class D1)
- 447 sqm Marine Training accommodation (Use Class B1)
- 14,549 sqm of marine industrial space and storage (Use Class B2, B8)
- 12,288 sqm of basement floor space for associated car parking and plant area
- Creation of new public routes and associated landscaping treatment
- Reconstruction of sea wall and new public slipway
3. An application for Listed Building Consent for works to repair and consolidate the Grade II* Listed Hammerhead Crane, including the fixing of the crane jib, to enable the structure to remain as a static fixed display piece.
The 5 ha site has a long association with shipbuilding and was formerly part of the J Samuel White boat yard. Since the yard closure in 2002, the site has operated as a multi let business, workshop and industrial estate, with part of the site also utilised for boat storage. The yard is now experiencing ever increasing levels of vacancy and dilapidation, with a number of the existing buildings and the on-site infrastructure no longer fit for purpose.
The Harrison Trust, who owns the site, appointed JTP to develop proposals for the regeneration of the site.
Artist’s impression of the entrance lane looking south toward Hammerhead Square