Marina and hotel splits town views

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Plans to build a 50-berth marina and hotel on the outskirts of Carnforth have been recommended for refusal by Lancaster City Council.

The proposal has also been met with significant objections from residents, as well as Carnforth Town Council.

The plans for the greenfield site, on land south of Brewer’s Barn between Lancaster Canal and Whernside Grove, were rejected at a planning committee hearing last year.

Carnforth Town Council said that it objected because the land was a greenfield site – which protects the town – and the hotel is focused on the motorway and will do nothing to promote tourism in Carnforth.

The plans have also received 45 letters of objection from residents, with issues including traffic congestion, poor access, and the fact that there are already two underused local marinas.

However the proposal has also garnered 21 letters of support, including an endorsement from MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale David Morris.

Supporters say the development would bring job opportunities and more tourists to Carnforth.

Planning officers say that the application does not demonstrate the extent to which the adjacent Biological Heritage Site and protected species may be affected.

The plans will go before the planning committee on December 9.