New planning application to regenerate historic site on Drake’s Island and open it up to the public


Rotolok (Holdings) Ltd has submitted a new planning application to Plymouth City Council for the regeneration of Drake’s Island into a luxury hotel, spa and restaurant. Also included are plans for an educational visitor experience on the Island. The new application demonstrates the company’s commitment to the project as it seeks to address the outstanding environmental issues and secure a future for this exciting development.

The application follows extensive discussions over the last few months between Rotolok and Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing, Transport, and Planning.  It also follows further research into the impact of the development on the roosting Little Egret colony and contains proposals for its long-term protection.

Councillor Nicholson said: “We want this incredible proposal to happen, but we also take our environmental responsibilities seriously.

“We regard this development as part of our wider tourism objectives, in which we have identified the need for more hotels. A development such as the one proposed on Drake’s Island would really enhance our offering to visitors and holidaymakers as well as open up the island to local residents. A lot of work has taken place behind the scenes to get to this stage and I’m pleased that Rotolok has responded to the environmental issues.

“We hope this application can be considered by the Planning Committee at the earliest opportunity.”

Sean Swales, Group Managing Director of Rotolok said: “We remain committed to this project as we firmly believe it is an exciting opportunity to bring new life to this historical site. We fully appreciate the environmental concerns that have been raised in the past and hope we have manged, in this application, to respond to these and find acceptable solutions.

Recent years have seen significant regeneration of Plymouth’s historic waterfront and we hope that the development of Drake’s Island will be a further sign that the City is open for business. In addition, the project will, for the first time in many years, allow public access to the Island and its fascinating past”.