Full steam ahead for marina plan

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THE developers behind a multi-million pound marina to be built near to Onley have denied rumours the plans have been scrapped.

The Barby Pools development by J Marine Ltd would see 550 moorings built just 600 yards from the housing development.

The company had previously said that a planning application was due to be submitted to Daventry District Council by the end of last year and no application has yet been sent.

Joseph Oliver, J Marine Ltd: “Barby Pools is an important project both for us and the local community.

“Our aim is to create an outstanding moorings and environmental amenity, something significantly different from the marinas that characterise most of the UK’s inland waterways and of which the local community will be proud.

“To achieve this we are working to ensure that at all stages everything is in place to make this an exemplary project. We are determined to do the work to the very highest possible standard and that means it will take some good time yet. ”

J Marine has not put a date on when the application for the marina, which is estimated to cost around £15 million, will be submitted.

The new marina will feature berths, parkland, renewable energy in the form of heating fuelled by biomass and solar energy, sustainable building techniques and major improvements to the local ecology.

The plans have been welcomed by villagers but not by other marina owners who say it will add to the considerable congestion on the canal network.