Director hopes for Marina go-ahead in Rugby

By Laura Payne Wednesday 24 October 2012 Updated: 29/10 14:42

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An artist’s impression of how the proposed £15m Barby Pools marina at Onley Park could look.

WITH just days to go until a decision is made about Barby Pools Marina the team behind the project are hopeful it will get the green light.

Joe Oliver, director of J Marine Ltd, hopes support given to the scheme near Onley, from Barby and Onley Parish Council and the Onley Park Residents Association, will help them succeed.

Mr Oliver said the planned 550 berth marina would bring significant economic, environmental and community benefits to boaters and residents if approved.

He said: "Our proposals for Barby Pools Marina are the result of six years of careful consideration, analysis and review.

"We have worked in close consultation with the local community, waterways organisations and many other groups to ensure that the design meets the needs of local people and waterways users and contributes to local diversity."

Daventry District Council is due to make a decision about the proposal at its planning meeting on Wednesday (October 31) and if successful the marina will create 20 full time and 12 part time or seasonal jobs once it is fully operational with an additional 20 to 30 construction jobs during each of the four building phases.

The marina has been designed in the form of a clover leaf with a small central pool at its heart and three marina pools surrounding the centre to provide non-residential mooring space.

But there has been strong opposition to the £15 million development, led by Braunston Marina, who say it is not needed.

They have voiced concerns the development will lead to congestion on the canal and harm wildlife.

But J Marine say they will create public parkland and valuable wildlife habitats including woodlands, meadowland and wetland.

Mr Oliver added: "We have also engaged internationally renowned architects and the UK's top consultants to ensure the proposals are of the highest quality and represent a benchmark in sustainability.

"In every aspect of the design we have taken the best examples known to the team and sought to improve on them.

"This is an important and exciting project for the area and one that we expect to deliver major benefits if it's given the green light by planners."

The proposal has been developed over a number of years during which time the developers consulted with the community.

Daphne Finch, Barby and Onley parish councillor, said: "The local community has helped shape these proposals and we've played a significant part in enabling the project team to create the best possible plans for the site.

"Not only will this new marina create jobs, sustain the local economy and give us much needed facilities on our doorstep, but they will also put the beauty back in to what is currently a derelict, barren site."

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Joe Oliver of J Marine, the firm behind plans for a Barby Pools Marina which will be developed off Onley Park.

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