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Barford + Co, the St Neots based firm of chartered surveyors and planning consultants, have announced that it has concluded the sale of the former Tyrrells Marina and Boat Yard at Bridge Place, Godmanchester. The sale follows the closure of the boat yard and chandlery over ten years ago and this means that the vacant site, which has become run down over this period is now set for redevelopment in the foreseeable future.

The site, which is located adjacent to the medieval stone bridge which links Godmanchester to Huntingdon and is situated on the opposite side of the river to the Old Bridge Hotel, was formerly the home to Tyrrells Marine Ltd, who also ran a boat yard in Cambridge. Tyrrells was 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.

The Tyrrell family closed down the operation due to dwindling fortunes in 2006 and most of the buildings were demolished in 2011. Since then, the property has been on the market with Barford + Co. Due to a range of technical and planning complications, the one acre site was regarded as unappealing by the market. However, the recent resolution of some of the issues affecting the site has led to a sale having now been concluded.

The purchaser of the site is Kimbolton based residential developer, Aragon Homes. The company’s plans are to create a high quality development of flats and townhouses all of which will benefit from the riverside setting. Each property will be constructed to a high specification and will benefit from a boat mooring.

Commenting on behalf of Barford + Co, 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”.

Aragon Homes intends to submit a planning application within the next couple of months. The timescale for starting construction is not yet certain, but it may commence in the autumn. Following that, the first homes are expected to be available for purchase in the spring or early summer of 2017.

“The initial designs our architect has come up with for the new housing to be developed on the site are extremely ambitious and exciting” stated Russell Dean of Aragon Homes. “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”.

The proposals will also include a riverside café which the planning authority has been keen to see as part of the redevelopment of the site. This will overlook the river and be a particular attraction to the general public.

“The scheme of development as proposed by Aragon Homes offers a very exciting prospect for the redevelopment of the site” commented Phil Halmshaw. “This untidy corner of Godmanchester will soon be replaced by a superb modern waterfront housing complex”.


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