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Planning Consent For Work At Former Carnforth Marina Expected In Spring Next Year

Site photos by Andy Slack

Planning consent for development work to begin at the former Nu-Way Acorn marina site in Carnforth following its closure this summer, is expected to be be granted in the spring of 2018.

In April this year the site's owner confirmed he was retiring and selling the site at the end of August, with residents given letters saying they have to move their vessels by then.

It meant that dozens of boat owners - many of whom had moorings or lived at the marina for many years, had to find new moorings.

It's not clear where all of the boats have moved to or whether new moorings have been secured.  Bay News understands that to comply with rules, boat owners without permanent moorings have to move every two weeks.

Now work is underway on removal of the moorings, Bay News has approached the Homes and Communities Agency for an update on plans for the site and any timescales for the work.

An HCA spokesperson said: "We have appointed technical specialists to undertake the work needed to submit an application for outline planning consent.

"We expect to be granted planning consent in spring 2018, after which we will see a private sector partner to develop the site."

Speaking to The Bay when the announcement was made, David Baugh - who was permanently moored at the marina, said he was devastated by the news.

He said: "It's very disheartening, as we've settled in and have a lovely garden and nice location which we've enjoyed for the last couple of years."

The closure news came after the government's Homes and Communities Agency acquired the surrounding old Lundsfield quarry site, on which hundreds of new homes are expected to be built.

The HCA stepped in because a plan for 200 properties - first given planning permission ten years ago - had stalled.

The government department is responsible for getting new homes built, particularly when projects such as this one hit setbacks.

Speaking in April, an HCA spokesperson said: “We have acquired the stalled Lundsfield housing site and are working with local partners with a view to submitting a new planning application in the near future.

"As part of this acquisition, the HCA has also acquired the land from which the local marina is run. An agreement has been put in place with the owner of the marina to satisfy his business requirements in the short term."

Head of Regeneration and Policy at Lancaster City Council, Andrew Dobson, told The Bay: "People in Lancaster will say 'have the HCA got a track record in the district?' - and they have, because we worked very closely with them to unblock one of sites that was stalled for many years - Lancaster Moor Hospital."

During the application, locals will be consulted on issues including the marina and what might happen to Carnforth Rangers.

Meanwhile, you can find all the documentation relating to the original 2007 application by clicking here

Below: Old planning application documents suggest there would be berths for boats by the housing development


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