Regeneration of canal site is given approval

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APPROVAL has been given for a waterside residential development at Marsworth.

The application by British Waterways was for the building of 12 new dwellings and the conversion of the former carpenter’s workshop to provide a total of 13 new dwellings with new and upgraded boater’s facilities, a retained and refurbished crane, minor access improvements, parking and landscaping.

Work is not expected to start on the site until next spring, although this date could be brought forward.

Once work begins it is thought it will take between nine months and a year to be completed.

Head of property development south for British Waterways, James Lazarus, said: “We are delighted with the scheme.

“We think it is something that will work for everybody.”

The proposals aim to regenerate the site and create a “high quality and attractive residential location, with an emphasis on historical canal related uses”.

A previous application was submitted for the site by H20 Urban LLP in October 2009, but withdrawn in January 2010 to allow for wider consultation.