Proposal set to be approved by Rugby Borough Council to extend boating marina in Hillmorton

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PLANNING permission is set to be granted for a 123-berth extension to the Hillmorton Wharf marina.

The marina, sited immediately south of the Royal Oak on Crick Road, currently caters for 25 boats, but the owners are hopeful to expand the existing marina further south. It serves the Oxford Canal just over a mile away from the proposed controversial marina at Onley.

Officers at Rugby Borough Council have recommended the development for approval which will be discussed at a planning meeting on Wednesday night.

Barry Smith, a director at Hillmorton Wharf, said that if plans were approved by councillors, then it was hoped work could start in the next 12 months.

He added: “If we do end up with approval then hopefully this will be a positive thing for Rugby.

“It would mean that we could provide some more jobs here and help boost the local economy. There are several things that we would need to sort out before work commenced though, as part of the land is currently used for farming.”

One neighbour objected to the plans on the grounds of extra light and noise pollution the development could cause.

But council officers noted in their report: “Residential properties on Crick Road are a significant distance from the marina. The nearest properties in relation to both the proposed marina extension and the spoil placement field are Wharf Farm and 3 to 5 Kilsby Lane.

“A condition will be applied to restrict the hours of construction to prevent possible noise and disturbance.”

Meanwhile, J Marine Ltd wants to build a 90-acre marina at Onley Park, near Daventry, which would have 550 berths.