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 Isle of Wight regeneration – employment and housing development

CLIENT: The Harrison Trust
DATE: March 2014 – Ongoing

CCL was commissioned by The Harrison Trust, a major landowner in the Isle of Wight, to prepare the employment land and housing development case in support of a 535 residential and 9,000 sq.m B Use Class regeneration scheme on Cowes town centre waterfront.

The site (Medina Yard) is currently a collection of largely under-used industrial and marine activity premises with significant waterside access but limited public accessibility. The regeneration proposals see new Grade A employment floorspace together with incubation workspaces, a maritime museum and a substantial level and mix of new housing.


CCL’s role has been to act as employment land, commercial, housing and spatial planning adviser to the Trust, working as part of a wider project team involving a lead planning consultant, architect, legal advisors and viability/delivery specialists.

In addition CCL has represented the Trust at the Core Strategy Examination in Public and in various formal representations and submissions to the local authority concerning employment land review, SHMA update, SHLAA and policy review consultations.


CCL’s work has been instrumental in shaping the scale, mix and form of the employment land and commercial floorspace offer on the Medina Yard site. Our analysis has ensured that the development scheme proposals are consistent with the NPPF’s policy requirements seeking sustainable development including economic prosperity.


CCL have added value throughout the commission, offering clear, direct and objective evidence and advice to the project team, client.

Testing and evaluation of the economic and housing impacts of various development scheme mixes and related sensitivity analysis have allowed the Harrison Trust to consider an extensive range of options matched to changing commercial market dynamics and at all times related back to a core planning case.

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