The Port of Milford Haven is pleased to confirm that Pembrokeshire County Council’s Planning Committee recently approved its application to erect four floating hotel accommodation units within Milford Marina.
The proposed four-star floating suites form part of the Milford Waterfront development which will build on the established retail, café and restaurant experience to create a vibrant waterfront destination attracting thousands more visitors to Milford Haven and Pembrokeshire each year.
“Our idea was developed when we were looking at ways to quickly add to the existing bedstock in Milford Haven,” said Neil Jenkins, Destination Director at the Port of Milford Haven. “As the development gets underway we are expecting to see an increase in the number of staying visitors to the area. It was also important to us that whatever was proposed would match the high quality offering already enjoyed at Milford’s four gold anchor marina; a highly sought after accreditation within the marine leisure industry. The floating suites should offer a unique experience for anyone wanting to soak up the tranquil marina atmosphere without necessarily owning a boat.”
Work is continuing on developing this proposal and supporting business plan with an ambition to officially open the suites before Easter 2018.
Image: Artists impression of Milford Waterfront’s floating hotel suites
Notes to Editors
Milford Waterfront is a multi-million pound regeneration project being led by the Port of Milford Haven. It aims to revitalise the marina and docks into a vibrant destination, adding to the existing mix of leisure, retail and dining businesses and boosting the economy by providing long term, sustainable jobs.
A number of flagship projects have already been completed at the site including the installation of new lock gates that have significantly reduced locking times and the construction of new fishing buildings for the industry.
The new development will also celebrate the arts, culture and heritage of the area, working in partnership with key stakeholders. Milford Waterfront already hosts a busy calendar of events such as Milford Fish Festival, Torch Theatre Sunset Cinema screenings and Milford Haven Round Table’s Firework Display.
In 2017 Milford Waterfront will host the Welsh Grand Prix for the adrenalin fuelled Powerboat P1 National Championships. This will be the only venue in Wales to welcome the powerboat racers in 2017 and will take place from 14th to 16th July.
In February 2015, a resolution to grant consent was gained from Pembrokeshire County Council for the development and work is ongoing to finalise detailed plans that will soon be submitted to the local authority.
Port of Milford Haven
The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s top energy port and Wales’ busiest port handling around 20% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas. It is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK.
The Port, along with the cluster of energy-related businesses along the Waterway, is a key driver of economic activity in Pembrokeshire, attracting inward investment and supporting over 4,000 jobs.
The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Pembroke Port and Milford Dock. Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first class marina are spread across these two sites.
One of the most prominent on the West Coast, the Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain. It is marked as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities. Additionally, the Port provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes. All profits are retained within the business to fund these objectives.
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