Cherry Willingham marina and homes approved

Councillors have backed plans for a 220 berth marina, 155 homes and businesses in Cherry Willingham near Lincoln.

Dubbed the ‘Willingham Fen Marina’, the plan was lodged by Dean Sempers of DAS Services for land at Eastfield Rise Farm, off Fiskerton Road.

Now, councillors on West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee have approved the plans.

It will see the construction of a new marina with workshops, cafe or bistro, showers and toilet facilities.

Previous proposals included a hotel and holiday lodges accommodation.

However, developers said in their new plans that previous proposals “were not viable” and would not cover the capital investment.

Mr Sempers said that the homes included in the proposal are the “only realistic enabler” for the site.

Phil Scrafton of Globe Consultants, speaking on behalf of the applicant, said the plans were “culmination of many years of hard work”.

He added that the plan was an “exciting opportunity” for the village.

Meanwhile, chair of the committee, Ian Fleetwood, said there is “a lot of public benefit” in the plans.

“I think that the developers have listened to the council and the community on this,” he said.

“There is a lot of public benefit and employment benefits for the area.”

Councillor Roger Patterson said the plan will help with investment in the village.

“The marina will be fantastic for the local area,” he said.

“It’s a great step forward for the district.”

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