MA­RINA PLANS FACE OP­PO­SI­TION

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Pro­pos­als to cre­ate a large new ma­rina on the sum­mit of the south­ern Ox­ford Canal near Clay­don have pro­voked op­po­si­tion from lo­cal author­i­ties, res­i­dents, and op­er­a­tors of nearby mari­nas.

The plans would see a moor­ing basin with 250 non-res­i­den­tial berths cre­ated on what is now agri­cul­tural land at Glebe Farm, on the east side of the canal a short dis­tance to the north of the top lock of the five-lock Clay­don Flight. There would also be a club house and fa­cil­i­ties build­ing, plus park­ing for 200 cars.

The pro­mot­ers said the ma­rina would sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy, the de­sign would pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for eco­log­i­cal en­hance­ment and a lake, and that the build­ings would be in tra­di­tional lo­cal ma­te­ri­als. They ar­gued that it would help to off­set the nearby HS2 rail­way, which they say will bi­sect the farm mak­ing it less eco­nomic to op­er­ate, as well as hav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on tourism and recre­ation – and that of 14 sites con­sid­ered, this is the only one both suit­able and vi­able.

Op­po­nents, how­ever, ar­gued that it would be out of char­ac­ter, im­pact a con­ser­va­tion area and put ex­cess traf­fic on nar­row coun­try lanes, that there would be no lo­cal shops or pubs for the boaters to use, that there were al­ready enough mari­nas within a short dis­tance with spare ca­pac­ity, two of them very close, one of which (Cro­predy) had per­mis­sion to be en­larged but with no in­di­ca­tions that this would ever take place, and that it would be at odds with plan­ning frame­work poli­cies. The Canal & River Trust com­mented that there would be ad­e­quate wa­ter, and that it was up to the ma­rina de­vel­oper to as­sess need or de­mand, but crit­i­cised some as­pects of the build­ings’ ap­pear­ance.

A de­ci­sion was ex­pected in late Au­gust.

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