Town says no to marina

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“IT’S the wrong development in the wrong place” was the consensus opinion amongst town councillors about plans to build a marina in Carnforth.

Carnforth Town Council voted unanimously not to support proposals for a 50 berth canalside marina, a 100-bedroom hotel, facilities building, wind turbine and car parking for around 100 vehicles on land south west of the A601.

The scheme will now go before Lancaster City Council planning committee for a final decision later this year.

Around 70 members of the public attended the extraordinary meeting to discuss the controversial marina plans at Carnforth Civic Hall on Monday night.

Adrian Attwood, carnforth town clerk, described this as a “very, very good turnout”.

Some residents spoke out against the scheme, concerned about the risk of flooding, that the marina would be considerably higher than surrounding houses and asked several questions about a proposed roundabout and new access road from the A601.

The 3.5 acre greenfield site adjoins the Whelmar housing estate.

Councillor Roland Parker said he believed the TDG site in Carnforth would be more appropriate for a new hotel.

Developer Robert Hughes attended the meeting.

A report by Graham Anthony Associates, working on behalf of Mr Hughes, says the development “represents a sustainable edge of town development which will promote economic growth, provide a significant number of new local jobs and accords with the Government’s stated aims.

“Both the hotel and the canal will also assist in the council’s stated aim of regenerating Carnforth as a thriving market town.”

The report said that the canal towpath would be surfaced and upgraded to improve access to Carnforth town centre for visitors, residents and employees.

CARNFORTH’S town meeting will be held on April 25 at 6.30pm at the Midland Hall, Carnforth Railway Station.