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Most Asked Questions

We have compiled this list of most asked questions. You can scroll down the list to read all questions/answers, or click a question in the list below to access specific answers.

Q. It's not a Marina but a housing development?

Q. The existing waterfront viewed from Neyland will change and the existing form of the town will be obscured?

Q. Pembroke Dock is getting nothing in return?

Q. Are the cinema, car park, hotel and other commercial development going to be built or are they just included to help get the planning consent?

Q. Does Pembroke Dock need another public house?

Q. Will the town lose its existing car park on the site?

Q. How will the developers manage noise and general disturbance during construction?

Q. What is the level of water – will it be constant, will it cause flooding?

Q. How will existing surface water and other utilities into the Marina be treated?

Q. What about public slipway access to the water. Will people launching from the slipway onto the Marina have to pay to exit the lock. Should there be an alternative public slipway direct to the haven to avoid this?

Q. What will be the status of existing mooring holders? What alternatives will they be offered?

Q. Will the yacht clubs have a presence in the Marina? Are you willing to discuss options with them?

Q. Is the Casino a definite proposition – do we need it?

Q. During construction what arrangements will be made to provide temporary long stay provision to meet existing demands plus contractor's needs?

Q. What guarantees will there be that the enclosed water will not swell?

Q. What ongoing liaison arrangements will be established with Front Street residents?

Q. Will there be any preference to berths for locals?

Q. Will the residential developments become holiday homes?

Q. Will there be specific elements of planning gain over and beyond public access and regeneration?

Q. Have the traffic implications been fully considered – will it cause congestion?

Q. Will the new development be exclusive to new residents or a private gated development?

Q. How will the development be linked to the Town Centre?

Q. What management rules will ensure the noise from halyards is controlled – will Front Street need sound proofing?

Q. Will the public have their say – will there be a public meeting?

Q. What about the lack of affordable housing?

Q. The proposed buildings are too high?

Q. The development is too dense with too much housing?

Q. It's not a Marina but a housing development?

A. The housing is necessary to fund the Marina. The housing and commercial developments are a key part of regenerating the town. The Marina will provide opportunities for visiting boats and berths will be available when the occupiers are away. The provision of "home berths" will increase the numbers and profile of sailing and boating in Wales and Pembrokeshire.

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Q. The existing waterfront viewed from Neyland will change and the existing form of the town will be obscured?

A. Yes, this is true but it is not the case that the development will be out of scale with the surroundings. The buildings will be for example much smaller than neighbouring buildings in the Royal Dockyard – particularly the hangars – and at Hobbs Point. Also the scheme is designed to ensure there will not be a continuous unbroken line or wall of development on the seaward edge.

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Q. Pembroke Dock is getting nothing in return?

A. This is not true. Most importantly the regeneration will have an extremely positive effect on people living and working in the town. The new residents, visitors, users of the marina facilities, and planned events will lead to the general increase in economic activity which will support and enhance the existing town centre and create a variety of new local business opportunities. The community itself will have access to the new development and its waterfront and facilities planned for the development such as the cinema will greatly benefit the community.

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Q. Are the cinema, car park, hotel and other commercial development going to be built or are they just included to help get the planning consent?

A. Whilst it is impossible to guarantee at this early stage every part of the overall development it is the firm intention to deliver the whole package. Indeed the new residents of the development will themselves wish to see these additional facilities as part of the package they will be buying into.

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Q. Does Pembroke Dock need another public house?

A. Yes, with the size of the development and the increase in the number of people visiting the town, such a facility will provide increased choice and a different "offer" which will appeal to many in the town.

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Q. Will the town lose its existing car park on the site?

A. Yes, but there will be a new decked car park managed as part of the overall development. This will be available for long and short stay parking for the Town Centre and the Marina as part of an integrated parking policy.

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Q. How will the developers manage noise and general disturbance during construction?

A. This will be set out and agreed in advance by agreeing to traffic circulation, working hours and a range of other operating agreements to minimize disturbance to neighbours. These will be enforceable conditions laid upon the developer. The contractor Norwest Holst Construction also actively support the "Considerate Constructor" policies.

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Q. What is the level of water – will it be constant, will it cause flooding?

A. The Existing land levels range between 4 and 5m AOD. Front Street being 4.6m AOD at its lowest. Currently there is no form of flood defense in the area. The average spring tide level is 3.29m AOD but Environment Agency predictions suggest that a 200 year extreme event could produce a sea level of 4.7m AOD and a 1000 year extreme event could produce a level of 5.01m AOD. These levels do not take account of the effects of climate change and again using Environment Agency guidance over a 100 year period the general sea level rise might be a further half metre to 5.51AOD. The height of the outer wall of the proposed development together with the height of the lock gate has been designed to withstand an even greater combination of tidal increases. The gate will be 5.8m AOD and the additional wave wall to the seaward side will be 1.1m high.

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Q. How will existing surface water and other utilities into the Marina be treated?

A. Any surface water will be discharged via interceptors into the Haven. The existing surface water discharge currently into the bay will be extended to beyond the outer wall of the marina.

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Q. What about public slipway access to the water. Will people launching from the slipway onto the Marina have to pay to exit the lock. Should there be an alternative public slipway direct to the haven to avoid this?

A. We understand that there are alternative public slipways in the area which will give direct access into the Haven

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Q. What will be the status of existing mooring holders? What alternatives will they be offered?

A. Clearly if where the scheme affects the rights of genuine mooring holders both the developer and the Port Authority would welcome the opportunity to discuss their individual requirements and tailor a solution to suit.

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Q. Will the yacht clubs have a presence in the Marina? Are you willing to discuss options with them?

A. We are prepared to discuss with all interested groups how we could incorporate them within the scheme on commercial terms.

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Q. Is the Casino a definite proposition – do we need it?

A. The Casino is a very minor element of the scheme and contained within the proposed Hotel. We believe it has some potential to assist in securing a major hotel operator. To that end it is included in the planning application as a potential use but will be subject to other statutory licensing requirements before it was implemented.

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Q. During construction what arrangements will be made to provide temporary long stay provision to meet existing demands plus contractor's needs?

A. Clearly there is a lot of construction work being carried out in and around the Milford Haven Seaway. The demand for accommodation fluctuates as these major projects complete. Its an area that needs careful consideration but until we know the exact timing for this project it is difficult to provide a definitive proposal.

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Q. What guarantees will there be that the enclosed water will not swell?

A. The Water levels within the marina basin will remain relatively constant. The levels being controlled by sluices which in the main are used to maintain levels as the result of water loss via the opening of the lock gates but equally can be used to ensure there is no significant rise in water levels and ensure that the water remains fresh.

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Q. What ongoing liaison arrangements will be established with Front Street residents?

A. During construction the Contractor will appoint a dedicated liaison officer who's duties will include keeping all our neighbours informed of progress and future events during the construction period.

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Q. Will there be any preference to berths for locals?

A. The simple answer is yes in that berths will be offered to residents within the development with a number made available for visitors.

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Q. Will the residential developments become holiday homes?

A. Some indeed may do so. It is likely that there will be a mix of different type of occupancies, but whether as main residences, second homes, holiday lets or buy to lets there will be a mix and all will contribute to the local economy.

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Q. Will there be specific elements of planning gain over and beyond public access and regeneration?

A. The development is being progressed on an "open book" basis together with the Port Authority, County Council and Welsh Assembly Government. This recognizes the major initial cost of providing the infrastructure and creating a basis on which development can take place. This will allow a capital payment to the public sector partners.

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Q. Have the traffic implications been fully considered – will it cause congestion?

A. Detailed consideration has been given to this issue and figures provided to the relevant authorities for their assessment. We believe these indicate that there is sufficient capacity in the road system in general and that our proposals for a roundabout junction will assist flows together with the need to improve the traffic signaling system at the London Road / Tesco entrance.

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Q. Will the new development be exclusive to new residents or a private gated development?

A. Most definitely not. It has never been considered, the Client Group brief from the outset has been clear on this and the Design Commission for Wales also stressed this point and we were happy to confirm to all parties that we wanted public access to the vast majority of the development and several specific access/viewing points for the new harbour.

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Q. How will the development be linked to the Town Centre?

A. This is a point we are particularly keen upon and we see this being achieved by way of introducing traffic calming measures on Western Way which will double up as pedestrian and cycle friendly crossing points to the Lower Meyrick Street area.

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Q. What management rules will ensure the noise from halyards is controlled – will Front Street need sound proofing?

A. There will be the need to ensure users tie down halyards and there will be a Marina Management Organisation to ensure control of such issues. Clearly this will need to be in force for all residents both of Front Street and of the development itself and other Marinas have significant experience of such issues being managed successfully.

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Q. Will the public have their say – will there be a public meeting?

A. We believe that a public exhibition in which the facts are clearly stated and informed comments invited in writing is a far better way of letting the general public have their say in a reasoned and structured way.

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Q. What about the lack of affordable housing?

A. The Council has dealt with the issue of providing sufficient affordable housing for the community, as it is required to by the Assembly Government and their own Joint Unitary Development Plan. The Council has recognized that the high cost of infrastructure together with the more general regeneration benefits make it reasonable not to seek affordable housing in this instance. There may be a specific need in respect to marina employees. The Joint Unitary Development Plan does allocate land for a further 526 houses in the town on which an element of affordable provision will be negotiated.

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Q. The proposed buildings are too high?

A. The development will be mixed in terms of heights and style and the Council will establish planning guidance. Where there are proposals for 5 storey development these are considered by us to be complementary and appropriate to the environment we are hoping to achieve.

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Q. The development is too dense with too much housing?

A. Increasingly Government advice favours high density development to maximize use of development sites and avoid unnecessary use of Greenfield sites. However we believe the proposed housing can be achieved on this site in an attractive and appropriate form of which our potential purchasers will approve and enjoy, and will offer a clear lifestyle choice. We acknowledge there is a commercial need to provide sufficient development to repay the £30 million or so cost of infrastructure but we do not believe this compromises what must be our commercial aim to create an attractive environment, in a unique setting which our customers will want to be part of. For this reason alone we cannot compromise on quality or we will not be able to sell the property.

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