Green light for more growth at Portavadie

Planning permission has been granted for a further expansion of the facilities available at Portavadie Marina on the west coast of the Cowal peninsula.
Planning permission has been granted for a further expansion of the facilities available at Portavadie Marina on the west coast of the Cowal peninsula.

Planning permission for a further expansion of facilities at the fast-growing Portavadie Marina, on the west coast of the Cowal peninsula, has been granted by Argyll and Bute Council.

Members of the authority’s planning, protective services and licensing committee agreed to approve an application for the erection of a leisure building comprising indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa facilities, a restaurant/cafe/bar, gymnasium, reception and retail area, multi-purpose rooms, play areas, offices and associated facilities, along with the construction of a new access road, car parking and associated landscaping.

The marina currently offers 230 berths for vessels up to 70 feet long, along with marina services, a restaurant and bar, self-catering accommodation, shops and conference facilities.

It occupies part of a site earmarked in the 1970s for the construction of concrete platforms for the North Sea oil industry, though no platforms were ever built on the site and the nearby ‘ghost village’ of Pollphail, built to house the yard’s workers, was never occupied.