A PLAN to build 75 homes at a marina near Burton has been met with stinging criticism.
Cameron Homes wants to put houses and apartments on land at Barton Marina in a bid to transform the area, but councillors and businesses have hit out at the plan.
Concerns have been raised that the development could harm Barton’s identity by taking people and trade away from its centre, while there is also anger that land popular with dog walkers and anglers could be built on.
Under the plans, the properties would be built on the edge of the lake, close to the Red Carpet Cinema.
Though the development would be likely to bring more custom to the marina, Esther Howes, who owns The Apple Tree café, said any financial benefit would be at expense of the landscape.
She said: “This is a beautiful area and the views across the lake would become restricted and no longer available to everyone.
“We would like the area to be used for the public with holiday lodges, a park, play area or nature trail.”
Ed Sharkey, who has overseen the continued growth of the marina during two decades serving on Barton Parish Council, said parking would also be an issue with the land currently used by motorists when the existing car park is full.
“The question is where are the cars going to go then?” he said.
Mr Sharkey also said the plan wouid ‘shift the centre of the village away to somewhere that is not really part of the village’.
Mrs Howes also believes safety could also be an issue.
She said: “Parking facilities are already a problem at the marina. With the addition of a new road into, we would worry about security of the promenade with passing traffic.
Cameron Homes said the plan would ‘improve the image and identity of Barton’ and offer a ‘visually attractive development that seeks to add sustainability to the existing marina development.”
Mr Sharkey added: “Lots of people go walking and some fish – it is public space. The character will inevitably change if they put more buildings on there.”