THIS is the first glimpse of the £15 million plans for a new marina near Onley.
The artist impressions form part of the planning application for the project, which was submitted last week.
The new inland marina and wildlife haven will have 550 berths designed to create a high quality facility across 36 hectares of land near to the prison.
The plans for Barby Pools Marina have been submitted to Daventry District Council (DDC) and Rugby Borough Council (RBC) by J Marine and have been designed by Kirkland Fraser Moor who were one of the architects responsible for the Eden Project in Cornwall. Half of the land will be given to parkland and wildlife habitats and 4km of new footpaths will be opened.
J Marine director, Joseph Oliver, said: “I would like to thank the Onley Park residents, who have taken a keen interest in the potential for a marina at Onley Fields Prison Farm.
“They have played an important role in the consultation process, helping the project team to understand how the proposal can make a positive and sustainable contribution to the life of the community.
“This application is the culmination of a significant amount of work undertaken since our feasibility submission was confirmed as acceptable by British Waterways back in October 2007.
“The project represents an investment of £15 million, and has the potential to deliver substantial boating, ecological and community benefits.”
The application has come after a number of consultations from the local community.
Dawn Cotton, secretary to Onley Park Residents Association added: “In my opinion the marina will be a tremendous benefit to the residents of Onley Park, not least in terms of altering the image of the village.
“It will become known as the village located next to the marina rather than its current status as the village situated next to three prisons.
“The surroundings of a marina and the facilities it will bring to the community can only enhance and improve on village life as a whole.”
The final decision will be made by DDC with input from Rugby Borough Council and will be made in the near future.