Major scheme will add 950 berths

Poole Harbour Commissioners have revealed proposals for the latest marina development in Poole Harbour.

Plans for the giant Poole Harbour Marine Centre come hot on the heels of the much smaller neighbouring Port of Poole Marina, which is on schedule for opening this spring.

The massive boat haven, part of the Port Master Plan, will be set 200m off Hamworthy Park. Poole Yacht Club would have to move, as access to the new marina would be through its existing site. The marina intends to provide the club, which stands to lose its current swinging moorings, with a new and improved home.

Although still at an early stage of the process, the already-controversial plan includes land reclamation, cruise ship berthing, a marine business park and could lead to many new jobs for the local economy.

Poole’s revolutionary Twin Sails Bridge, due for completion early next year, will help to open up this part of the Dorset harbour for much-needed regeneration. It could be five years before the Marine Centre opens.

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