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Go-ahead for £1.7m Waterside Development

Mercia MarinaMercia Marina’s plans for a waterside retail development with offices and a restaurant have been approved by South Derbyshire District Council.

The marina, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, submitted revised plans for the £1.7m Boardwalk development in May.

A previous planning application for The Boardwalk was given the green light last year but the marina’s owners decided to add office space to the original retail-only proposal to suit the current commercial climate.

The Boardwalk will comprise a central restaurant, built over two floors and recessed to include an outdoor seating area on the water front. The restaurant will be flanked by three retail units on each side and the remaining upper floor space will include up to four small office units.

Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina, said: “We’re delighted that the council has agreed our latest plans. The Boardwalk will give yet another boost to the job market and local economy – not least with the additional visitor numbers the development will generate.

“We’re currently in the process of finalising the legal and financial details before we begin construction, but we hope to start building by the end of the year.”

The 74-acre Mercia Marina, which lies near to the South Derbyshire village of Willington, is Europe’s largest inland marina. Already more than 90 per cent full in terms of its 600 mooring berths, the marina has also seen sales of its luxury holiday lodges rocket in the past few months.

The Boardwalk is due to open in Spring 2014, potentially creating up to 40 jobs.

Meanwhile, the marina is particularly interested in finding the right operator to take on the restaurant.

John Thornton, part-owner of Mercia Marina, said: “We set out five years ago to be the best inland marina in Europe – setting standards of quality that others would find difficult to match.”

Anyone interested in opportunities at the new Boardwalk development can contact Paul Rushton, of Rushton Hickman, on 01283 528002, or Matthew Phillips on 0121 3532757.