High hopes for former marina in Godmanchester as developer acquires site

Huntingdon Marina,

Huntingdon Marina, - Credit: Archant

A former marina that closed a decade ago looks set to be redeveloped into houses and flats.

Tyrrells Marina and Boat Yard, in Bridge Place, Godmanchester, has been bought by Kimbolton developer Aragon Homes.

The company has unveiled plans to create a ‘high quality development of flats and townhouses’, with each property set to benefit from a boat mooring.

Director of Aragon, Russell Dean said: “We believe that our development will create a stunning gateway into Huntingdon and we are certain that the people of Huntingdon and Godmanchester will be pleased to see this site finally redeveloped.”

A planning application will be submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council within the next couple of months with the company hoping that construction will start in the autumn and the homes available by summer 2017.

The proposals will also include a café that will be open to the public.

The Tyrrell family closed the site, opposite the Old Bridge Hotel, in 2006 and most of the buildings were demolished in 2011.

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Since then, the property has been on the market with agents Barford + Co but planning complications and flooding, noise and access issues have affected the sale of the one acre site.

Director Phil Halmshaw said: “It has taken a long time to get to a position where technical issues connected with the site had been resolved sufficiently for it to be saleable. Aragon Homes have worked extremely hard with ourselves as agents, and the owners, to unravel the uncertainties connected with the site. These have now been dealt with sufficiently to enable a sale to take place”.

Vice-chair of the Huntingdon and Godmanchester Civic Society Richard Meredith said: “The marina has been derelict for years so it is great news for Godmanchester that it will open up this part of town. Hopefully the developers will give people the option to moor on that part of the river and will be able to explore Huntingdon and Godmanchester.

“The best thing that the developers can do in terms of the design is to have a look round Godmanchester to look at the design of the 18th and 19th century houses in the area and model the townhouses on them.”

The site, which has become run down over time, was once popular with boating enthusiasts and the general public alike with day boat hire being one of the facilities which was open to the public from the marina.