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Hirael Bay Development


The Unitary Development plan for Gwynedd has identified Hirael Bay in Bangor as an area for development.

The development is an opportunity to improve the bay, improve flood defences for the area, upgrade the leisure centre and improve the city economically and asthetically. Concerns surround the endangering of wildlife, local amenities, green spaces and the potential lack of consideration to the size, design, number and quality of buildings. Also the lack of good traffic management, from parking to access.....all issues where residents can point to previous projects by developers and the council which have fallen short of expectations.

BDP a development consultancy have been engaged to bring together stakeholders (Watkin Jones, Bangor Town Council, Bangor University and others) and to prepare initial proposals for the Bay.

BDP have run two community contact sessions firstly in Hirael Community Centre and the second in Penrhyn Hall. They have also had questionnaires accompanying these consultations.

At both events hundreds of people attended to raise concerns about the development. Following the initial viewing of proposals Grwp Bae Hirael was formed by the community. It is hoped that the group will be able to establish a meaningful line of communication with the developers that will hopefully influence aspects of the development beyond the initial community contact stage. This was based on concerns that the 'consultation with the community' box had now been ticked on the basis of very loose ideas and not-to-scale plans and no framework existed for further engagement with the people of the area despite potential changes to the plans and the development of elevations for the site.

Gwynedd County Council

For further information contact Aled P. Davies at Gwynedd Council's Economy and Regeneration Service on 01286 679397 or e-mail:

Project documenation can be found on the right hand side under 'files'

Grwp Hirael Bae (Facebook Group | Email)

Please find above contact points for the group (facebook and email) and below newsletters documents and correspondence. Grwp Hirael Bae is the community interest group established to help guide the project and developers! to the best possible outcome for end-users and local people.

Newsletters Documents

February 2011
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
July 2011 Update


Heritage Assessment
A Community Approach to Developments




Hirael Bay Planning Submission by Watkin Jones for '72 residential units' on Dickies Boatyard site.
(Link to Gwynedd Planning)


The final Masterplan for the site (Feb 2009).
Hirael Bay Newsletter. Arriving at a preferred Masterplan (Dec 2008)
2nd Consultation Questionnaire (due 18th June 08)
Analysis of Initial Questionnaire
Newsletter summary of Initial Questionnaire
Consultation Documents
Information Boards (June 2008)

External Links

Gwynedd County Council (Hirael Bay)
Official website of the development.
Aled Prys Davies - Gwynedd Council's Economy and Regeneration Service on 01286 679397 or e-mail:

BDP - (Building Design Partnership)
Development Consultants

Watkin Jones
Primary Developers

Bangor Town Council (don't have a website!)
Owners / Managers of land including Bangor Pier

Bangor University
Proposing a Medical School and other non-residential buildings within the plans.

Other Associated Links
Port Penrhyn
Dickies Boatyard
Fields In Trust (re: King Georges Field)


Concerns over access to Surgery
Bangor & Angelsey Mail (3 Nov 2010)

Bangor protesters want more support in Hirael fight
Bangor & Angelsey Mail (29 April 2009)

Doubts cast on Bangor's Hirael Bay redevelopment
Bangor & Angelsey Mail (18 Feburary 2009)

Bangor waterfront plans go on show in Hirael
Bangor & Angelsey Mail ( 28 May 2008)

Residents flock to Hirael Bay development exhibition
Bangor & Angelsey Mail (6 Feburary 2008)

Marina in Bangor development plan
BBC North Wales (28 January 2008)

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