Penlee Marina, Cornwall

Penlee quarry is located to the South of Newlyn in Cornwall. The marina will have 24 hour tidal access which, in conjunction with proposed schemes at Newyln and Penzance, will greatly increase the sailing area to the West of Falmouth and the Lizard acting as a convenient stopping and visiting point to those looking to sail onto the Scilly Isles, Ireland and France. MDL strongly supports the proposals at Penzance and the recently added pontoons at Newlyn all of which will offer sailors options to sail into Mounts Bay.

Penlee will provide 195 berths, a small hotel and a dry stack facility that would be able to store predominantly powered boats such as RIBs and small day boats. It is hoped that boat maintenance facilities including lifting will be available elsewhere in Mounts Bay and Newlyn is considered as an option.

The scheme is at an early stage with a flexible approach being adopted so as to complement neighbouring projects at Newlyn, Penzance and Scillies. The project will include residential, car parking and commercial retail buildings. MDL is excited to be working on an ambitious scheme and intends to create a high quality marina with good architecture and planning with a consideration being given to environmental opportunities such as harnessing energies form the sea. The company is pleased to be working closely with Penwith and in particular looking at ways which can help to significantly develop a marina related industry in Mounts Bay. The plans are at an early stage and so please return to this page for updates as they occur. Any questions then please contact MDL.

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Penlee will be around 20 acres of development set in an area of approximately 100 acres to the South of Newlyn Harbour. Residential development will facilitate the upfront infrastructure costs for the marina development such as a breakwater, cut through to the sea and a bridge.

Full public access is planned apart from the immediate areas around the houses. The quarry will be divided into areas of specialist formal gardens with areas given over to wildlife incorporating viewing areas and picnic spaces. The undeveloped areas will be looked after for the long term by a management company funded through service charges. Once the scheme is complete further development will be prevented through restrictive covenants.

MDL has carried out a great deal of research with Penwith Council and will seek a residential partner to work with MDL's architects who will master plan the project. Key issues that will be considered revolve around energy efficiency and research into sea water cooling and heating, tidal, wave, geothermal energy and combined heat and power district heating (CHP) are but a few that are being considered.

The development will be within the existing quarry walls so as not to impinge on the existing skyline. Therefore the actual area of developed land when complete will only be around 20 acres. Of the remaining 80 acres the agricultural land will remain and the other will be landscaped and maintained for the long term. It is not intended to develop close to the existing cliffs both on health and safety grounds and in order to provide a long term area for birds and accessibility to a geological SSSI. Advice has been sought from Cornwall Wildlife Trust on how best to create and maintain the site for the benefit of birds.

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