Work to start on new marina in Earls Barton next year

The site of the White Mills Marina
The site of the White Mills Marina
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Plans for a new marina have been given the go-ahead.

Permission has been granted to John and Debbie Skinner of Pastures Farm, Grendon, to construct a marina attached to the River Nene, which will provide enough moorings for 141 offline berths for narrow boats and cruisers.

The marina, which will be known as White Mills Marina and open all year round, is situated along Station Road in Earls Barton and within easy access of the A45.

Once completed, White Mills Marina will provide moorers with facilities including a modern purpose built facilities building with toilets and showers and communal lounge and café for exclusive use by boaters.

State-of-the-art security systems will ensure berths are secure and wi-fi internet will be available throughout the marina.

The news has been welcomed by councillors from both Earls Barton Parish Council as well as Wellingborough Council, who approved the plans earlier this year.

Chairman of Earls Barton Parish Council, Martin Cahill said: “In February 2014, Earls Barton Parish Council resolved by a majority vote to support the application to build a marina in Earls Barton.

“We believe that this will bring increased levels of business and tourism to the area, which can only benefit our village.

“We wish Mr and Mrs Skinner well with their scheme.”

Chairman of Wellingborough Council’s planning committee, Cllr Malcolm Ward, said: “We welcome this facility.

“Back in March we unanimously offered no objection to the proposal, and indeed we informed the county council that we fully supported it and congratulated the applicant on such an exciting project.

“We hope that the venture will bring new business and people to the borough.”

Commenting on the development, farmer John Skinner said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been given the go ahead to develop White Mills Marina.

“The plans really do look terrific and once the marina is up and running it will only enhance the local surroundings.

“We have had excellent support from our local Councillors both from Wellingborough and Earls Barton who recognised that developing a medium sized marina such as White Mills could only be of great benefit to the local community.

“So, exciting times are ahead and we are now looking forward to seeing the plans become a reality.”

It is hoped work will start on the development in 2015.

Bookings are expected to be in high demand so initial enquiries can be made via the website www.whitemillsmarina.co.uk.