Marina at Onley given the go-ahead

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PLANNING permission has been granted to build a controversial 550-berth marina in Onley.

Rugby Borough Council unanimously agreed at a meeting last night (Wednesday) at the Town Hall in Rugby. The decision follows on from Daventry District Council approving the plans last week.

Cllr Helen Walton said: “I think this is brilliant. It’s great to see so many spaces provided.”

Cllr Carol Robbins added: “I agree, I think it looks great, it represents a great amenity that will be of use to lots of people.”

Cllr Neil Sandison said: “This is good, sustainable, green growth. This will help support the businesses on the canal corridor. This is a very good, thoroughly researched application, and the applicant has put a lot of hard work into it. It seems to be sustainable, has taken environmental issues into account and it will help boost the local economy.”

Commenting on the decision, Joe Oliver, director of J Marine Ltd who are behind the plans, said “I am absolutely delighted that Rugby’s councillors have recognised the substantial benefits which this project will bring to the local area and have voted to grant planning permission.

Our proposals for Barby Pools Marina are the result of six years of careful consideration, consultation and design. The decision by Rugby Borough, and Daventry District last week, will help regenerate this area of neglected land and provide an amenity for waterways users and the local community in a sustainable manner. The project will also provide almost 100 jobs.”

Now that both councils have approved the plans, the developers will be free to build the marina - which has been dubbed a ‘monster’ by campaigners.

For more on this story, see next week’s Daventry Express.