Built around a purpose-built marina, the Edinburgh Marina masterplan proposes a mix of leisure and accommodation, establishing the city as a viable alternative to established west coast sailing destinations.
Detailed planning consent has now been granted for the marina, which forms part of the masterplan consent for the wider Edinburgh Marina development that was previously granted for the 28 hectare site.
Developers Edinburgh Marina Holdings believe the new marina will enable the city to compete with the established west coast sailing destinations for part of Scotland’s £3.7 billion marine tourism industry, and help to grow the overall market.
Offering 317 full-service berths, visitor berths and additional dry berths for vessels up to 60m in length the marina will include its own office and boatyard and will operate 24 hours a day, ensuring it can accommodate everything from a small cruiser to a ‘superyacht’.
Developer Kevin Fawcett said: “The new world-class Edinburgh Marina at Granton’s Western Harbour is the most important new marina development in the UK for several decades.
“It harks back to a long and distinguished international maritime connection that Edinburgh and Granton Harbour once enjoyed, will help to re-establish Edinburgh’s maritime economy as well as creating a vibrant new city destination that will enhance Edinburgh’s reputation as one of the UK’s most attractive lifestyle destinations.”
Detailed planning consent for the remaining elements of the plan is expected early next year, with construction of the marina buildings scheduled to begin in the second half of the year.