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Decision on the Goodwin Sands Marine Licence Application (MLA/2016/00227)

The Port of Dover is pleased that the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has issued the marine licence necessary for it to obtain the reclamation material that it would need to complete the final reclamation stage for the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

The MMO is an independent, evidence-based decision maker and in order to make an informed decision has considered all the information made available through the application and the public consultation process.  We welcome the decision which hopefully brings a conclusion to this matter.

This is excellent news for British trade; DWDR will create additional capacity and resilience in a port which already handles 17 per cent of the UK’s trade in goods and is important too for the future of Dover and East Kent region.  It forms a key element of the town’s regeneration plan, bringing significant economic development to the region, and will act as a catalyst for the waterfront development.

Marine Management Organisation (MMO) Press Announcement : Dover dredging application decision 


Notes to editors

  1. For Further Information

–       DWDR Communications Manager, Chris Talbot – 07810 871750 / 

–       DWDR Communications Executive, Antony Greenwood – 07827 083134 /

  1. Port of Dover

The Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) is a one-off opportunity for the regeneration of Dover, bringing new investment into the area.  With UK Government planning approval and supported by a mix of private finance and European Union grant funding, DWDR will deliver:

  • Relocation and further development of the cargo business with a new cargo terminal and distribution centre;
  • Creation of greater space within the Eastern Docks for ferry traffic;
  • A transformed waterfront to ultimately attract a host of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants with Dover’s unique backdrop of the harbour, cliffs and castle; and
  • Much needed quality employment opportunities for local people.

DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover.

DWDR scored ‘Excellent’ for the CEEQUAL Interim Client and Outline Design Award & Whole Team Interim Award – the evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme that promotes the achievement of high environmental and social performance in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects. 

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