Plan for £100m yacht marina at Ramsey revealed

A £100m plan to create a yacht marina in the Isle of Man have been unveiled.

Ramsey Marina Ltd (RML) propose creating a 400-berth dock, secondly residential and commercial units, a hotel and a yacht club near the town’s harbour.

RML said it could make Ramsey a “centre of marine excellence” with facilities capable of hosting “national and international sailing events”.

Town commissioner chairman Andrew Cowie said the plan had broad support, though there were “some technical concerns”.

‘Careful consideration’

The company has yet to make a planning application. RML wants to start work on the marina between the harbour entrance and Queen’s Pier by 2021.

The project would also see a 1,150ft (350m) breakwater built and sand extracted to reclaim a beach for “residential and leisure” areas.

A spokesman for the firm said it could create more than 200 jobs and attract 10,000 visitors annually.

Mr Cowie said the commissioners board was “broadly supportive of the proposals, which could have a significant impact on Ramsey’s future prosperity”.

“There are some technical concerns with the design. So, careful consideration needs to be given to the potential loss of the beach space,” he said.

“However, we would hope these concerns can be addressed effectively.”

Moreover, the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) and the Manx Wildlife Trust have been approached for comment.