A plan to build new holiday cottages in Hillmorton has been given the go ahead.
The 23 timber holiday lodges will form part of a development at Hillmorton Wharf Marina in Crick Road.
It was approved by the planning committee of Rugby Borough Council last week.
Wharf director Barry Smith said it’s been a long process as the original plans had to be revised.
“It’s going to be a tremendous boost for tourism,” said Mr Smith. “We are really pleased the plans have finally been approved as at times it was difficult for us not to lose heart.”
Mr Smith and business partner Jeremy Canney originally submitted plans for a new marina, but decided it would not be viable. He added: “There’s been a lot of change from what we had in mind.
Building the holiday cottages will not only be good for tourism, it will be good for people who live in the area too because they will be in such a good location. We are sure the cottages will prove popular, being in such a rural site near to the canals.”
He said hard work and dedication will pay off for the marina and exciting times are ahead. Building work should start on the site in the spring.
IN DETAIL: THE NEW HOLIDAY LODGES
The planning permission is for 23 timber lodges on land to the south of the existing marina, which is sited immediately south of the Royal Oak on Crick Road and serves the Oxford Canal. The lodges will use the existing access from Crick Road which is shared with the adjacent public house. Accommodation will be a mix of styles and sizes with six one-bed, six two-bed and 11 three-bed proposed. These will all be constructed of timber with cedar shingle roofs. The lodges will all be single storey with a maximum ridge height of around 4.5m.