WORK is set to start next year on a £15 million marina near to Onley prison after overcoming the final hurdle in the planning process.
Barby Pools Marina, which would provide 550 berths, had been granted planning permission by Daventry District Council last month.
But because the application was also in Rugby Borough Council’s boundary, the plans had to get approval from that authority which were granted Wednesday last week.
The plans put forward by J Marine will see a shop, restaurant, cafe and new parkland and ecological habitats.
Joe Oliver, director of J Marine Ltd, 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.
“We have worked closely with numerous waterways organisations and the local community who have given us fantastic advice and support.
“It is now our intention to commence detailed design work leading to construction and a project of which we can all be proud.”
Campaigners, however, argued the marina would add to congestion and water shortage problems.
Tim Coghlan, lead co-ordinator to Stop the Monster Marina at Onley and owner of Braunston Marina, said: “I was disappointed by the outcome, but not surprised.
“This will destroy an unspoiled piece of countryside and result in the loss of a substantial area of medieval field patterns and an important piece of railway heritage.”