Cherry Willingham Marina and Hotel
Our client, the landowner, farms a significant part of the land between Cherry Willingham village and the river Witham and had been approached by those involved in the Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership about the possibility of utilising some of the site for a marina. This followed an appreciation of just how deficient the County’s moorings facilities are and, as a result, the lack of a buoyant waterways economy. It is considered that there is a great untapped potential if investment in the essential infrastructure, including off-line facilities, takes place.
Globe took forward this initial enquiry and in very close liaison with the key stakeholders – including the village population, British Waterways, the Environment Agency and the local planning authorities – produced a form of development that might prove to be acceptable in planning terms whilst delivering complementary leisure uses that would add value and viability.
The scale of the proposal meant that assessment would fall within the Environmental Impact Regulations and so a full Environmental Statement was necessary to provide objective heritage, ecological, transportation and landscape impact information to support the evolving development proposal and formal planning application. Our role included the coordination of all work to help the positive consideration and assessment of the proposal.
As a result of a strong planning application and a compelling argument in support of the development the outcome has been the granting of full planning permission with widespread support from the local community, which looks forward to new job opportunities and access to new areas of open space and the riverbank, as well as support from the strategic stakeholders.