Priory Bay re-development plans go “above and beyond”

Aria Resorts, the owner of Priory Bay Hotel, says its plans for re-developing the area are designed to meet the highest standards of protection laid down by Isle of Wight planning officials, as well as by government advisers Natural England.

No objections have been received from Natural England and the plans will be considered by Isle of Wight Council at a meeting on Tuesday 5th March, which will discuss the re-development of Priory Bay with a spa, restaurant and farm shop, woodland retreats and tree houses. The investment will significantly boost the local economy and create around 145 new jobs.

Aria Resorts will commit to plant 1.72 hectares of new woodland, amounting to between 1700 and 4300 new native trees and shrubs depending on planting densities, as part of its proposals, which were created after extensive ecological impact assessments. The planning application includes a major upgrade to the landscaping; a Woodland Management Plan leading to the eradication of non-native species and the planting of new native species; and a Biodiversity Mitigation and Enhancement Plan.

Aria Resorts owns Gara Rock Hotel in Salcombe, Devon, which recently re-opened after local councillors were impressed with Aria’s sustainability plans and commitment to protect one of the most beautiful coastlines in southern England.

Iain Brown, from Aria Resorts, said: “We will protect and preserve Priory Bay, honouring its history yet re-developing the area with sensitivity so that local residents can enjoy its beauty. The plans we have submitted go above and beyond the strict criteria put in place by local planning officials and Natural England.

Aria Resorts has a strong track record of respecting and enhancing local environments we work in and we are committed to protecting Priory Bay for future generations to enjoy.”