08:00 Monday 30 December 2013

Shops plan set to provide tourism boost at marina

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

Barton Marina Barton Marina

MAJOR investment is set to be ploughed into a marina near Burton after plans to create nine new shops were revealed.

The development at Barton Marina, in Barton under Needwood, would see the construction of nine shops selling an array of crafts in a move designed to cash in on the marina’s popularity and attract more tourists to the area.

Should it be approved, the plan will also lead to the creation of dozens of jobs at the marina.

Under the plans, the shops will be housed in two new buildings close to The Waterfront pub and restaurant, with a wooden decked walkway to run outside.

The current walkway used to access shops will also be extended.

Bosses said the development would create an ‘attractive waterside setting’ that will ‘complement the existing promenade of shops, cafe and pub restaurant’ and that it was in response to a number of traders looking to set up business at the site.

GJP Marina Developments said in a statement: “The proposed craft shops will continue to promote the marina as a tourist destination by providing a wider choice of retail goods and create local employment.”

The marina’s popularity has prompted bosses to put forward the plan.

The marina has enjoys regular visitors to its Waterfront pub restaurant, Red Carpet Cinema, cafes and tea rooms.

GJP Marina Developments said it expected tourism at the marina to grow on the back of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.

The statement continued: “The development area is within a zone designated for leisure use accommodating two amenity lakes that are enjoyed by walkers, an inland waterways marina, a popular waterfront pub restaurant, a cinema and a leisure style retail area.

“The inland waterways sector remains buoyant and it is predicted that owing to a £100 million tourism marketing drive, largely on the success of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, the UK should see a 60 per cent rise in revenue from tourism by 2020 which would boost the inland waterways from overseas visitors and the need for well appointed facilities to accommodate them.”

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