A planning application for the long-awaited, £900,000 marina at Sutton Bridge has now been submitted to South Holland District Council.
Lincolnshire County Council wants to create a linear marina with 60m of twin-sided leisure moorings for up to 24 pleasure craft.
This development will attract tourists and visitors into Sutton Bridge and act as a catalyst for private investment into improved facilities developed to respond to opportunity.Lincolnshire County Council
There will also be 110m of single-sided mooring pontoons to accommodate the Nene Pilot Boat Service and up to 50m for commercial vessels, which could also be used by visiting tall ships.
It’s taken several years for the project to come to this stage, with delay after delay on potential start-dates.
Delays meant the project lost a big slice of European cash and the number of pleasure moorings were cut back.
But the county council is now including in its planning application the potential to extend the leisure moorings up to 212m at a later date.
The marina has caused controversy in the village, dividing opinion on whether it’s a good step and some arguing the cash could be better spent.
But the county council still insists the marina will boost the village economy. In a written statement supporting its planning application, the council says: “This development will attract tourists and visitors into Sutton Bridge and act as a catalyst for private investment into improved facilities developed to respond to opportunity.”