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Marina housing plan leads to concerns in village

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

  • 24/04/14 Barton Marina housing Overflow car park at Barton Marina - where houses are to be built..

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PLANS to build 70 homes on a car park at Barton Marina are being viewed suspiciously by parish councillors, who are concerned over the impact it could have on parking at the site.

Cameron Homes is just weeks away from submitting a planning application for the site which is currently used for overspill parking at the popular venue.

But members of Barton Parish Council have raised issues with the increase in traffic and the loss of parking at the marina which would come with this amount of houses and apartments.

Ed Sharkey, vice-chairman of the authority, said: “In our view, there are already serious issues about access and parking on the – on many nights it is over-subscribed.

“A significant housing development is going to make things worse.”

Parking would be provided on the development for the homes due to be built, but it would mean a loss of a significant number of spaces for people visiting the facilities at the marina, including the Red Carpet Cinema, The Waterfront pub and the Nipa Thai restaurant.

The developer said additional parking would be provided, but the plan, above, does not suggest its location.

Councillor Sharkey also said there were concerns about the junction which leads to the marina, and raised the issue that it was outside the ‘main development boundary’ of the village, which could lead to problems when the planning application is submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Nearby residents had the chance to share their views on the development at a public exhibition held at the village hall, where the plans were on show.

Natalie Thomas, of Cameron Homes, said the proposals were ‘well-received’.

“It is important to us that local residents and interested parties have the opportunity to view the plans prior to the submission of the planning application,” she added.

The homes, if they are approved, will take up space which was previously earmarked for an hotel.

Ms Thomas said there had been little interest from investors for the hotel, which made the plan ‘unfeasible’.

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