Marina plan is ‘unsustainble’

Diagram showing proposed marina at Slapton
Diagram showing proposed marina at Slapton

Plans for a marina capable of housing 180 boats could be sunk after a planning officer said they were in an ‘unsustainable location’.

Developers want to build the 180-berth marina on the Grand Union Canal off Horton Road at Slapton.

It would be used for the long-term mooring of privately-owned holiday boats and facilities would include dry docks, slipway, parking, toilets, showers, laundry, convenience store and cafe.

Slapton Parish Council supports the application, while Aylesbury Vale District Council also received seven letters from the public favouring the proposals. They said the marina would create jobs and bring in tourists, while the convenience store would also be handy for villagers.

However, there were 22 letters of objection, with people arguing it would disrupt the peace of the countryside, have an adverse impact on the setting of the village and lead to the loss of agricultural land.

Councillors at the strategic development management committee will decide on the proposals next Friday.

Council planning officer Seth Williams has recommended that the proposal be refused, despite the authority’s marketing boss being in favour of the application ‘from a tourism perspective’.

In his report to councillors he said the ‘unsustainable location and adverse landscape and visual impacts of the proposal would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the identified economic, employment, leisure and tourism benefits of the scheme’.