City council thumbs up for marina scheme

General view of the planned marina complex by the canal in Carnforth.
General view of the planned marina complex by the canal in Carnforth.

Controversial plans to build a 50-berth marina along with a 60-bed hotel in Carnforth have been given the green light.

Lancaster City Council had received 47 letters of objection to the project, classed as a ‘white elephant’ by objectors, citing such issues as an increased risk of accidents, traffic and congestion and poor access to public transport.

And speakers at Monday’s planning meeting also urged the committee to reject the scheme, saying it would lead to increased noise and traffic as well as the threat of travelling burglars.

They also said the project is sited, on land south of Brewer’s Barn between Lancaster Canal, the A601(M) and Whernside Grove, is too close to a local housing estate, which could lead to a pollution increase for residents.

But Graham Salisbury, speaking on behalf of the developers, said the scheme will create 40 full-time equivalent jobs as well as jobs during the development of the site.

He said the scheme will bring investment worth £5m into the area.

Supporters of the project, including MP David Morris, have written 21 letters of support, saying the project would provide employment and tourism opportunities, economic benefits and investment enhancement of the area.

Coun Roger Sherlock said the plans could “put Carnforth on the map” and will be a great addition to the town.

However, Carnforth councillor Tony Johnson said: “I don’t think this marina will be sustainable. The site is isolated from Carnforth.”

Planning officers had recommended the scheme be approved, subject to a consultation with the Health and Safety Executive over a gas pipeline running through the site.