The 22 acre marina site was bought from Fairline Boats by Oundle Marina Village Ltd in 2012. The redevelopment plans provide a mixed use scheme to include improved marina facilities with more residential moorings; permanent floating accommodation, a boat yard and clubhouse; two pubs/restaurants, along with business and retail units.
The East Northamptonshire Council planning management committee met late last year to consider an application to vary some of the planning details in the 2014 application, which would have removed an industrial unit and replaced it with additional holiday accommodation.
The main issue which arose from the variation concerned loss of the industrial business space, which could also result in the loss of potential jobs. After the developers subsequently amended the submitted variation to include a commercial unit, the outline plans were approved by the council.
The developers are working with Aitchison Raffety to provide more detailed information to the ENC about reserved matters and the conditions imposed on the outline planning. They do not yet have a proposed starting date for the building work.
The development will no doubt be an asset to the town. For individuals who have boats, there will be a wide range of services. For the wider community, people will benefit from simply having another place in Oundle to enjoy the river waterfront. Also, the marina is sure to bring in more visitors and develop tourism in Oundle.
Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: ‘Although no Section 106 contributions could be sought and potential employment is unknown, we look forward to seeing this development take shape and hope members of the local community make the most of the opportunities that will follow.’
By Jordan Badiru
Photo by Pavel Lipskiy