RESIDENTS opposed to a marina application in Lapworth have blasted Warwick District Council planners for not giving them enough time to lodge objections.
Tony Pledger, who lives in the village, claimed the council had posted around 60 documents on its website in support of the £2.5 million Sands Farm application yet protestors had only until the end of the year to register an objection.
Mr Pledger said: “This is a disgraceful example of local democracy at work. The developer has overloaded us with documents, Lapworth residents are given less time to examine the plans than their neighbours in Knowle, and the Council is sending out conflicting dates for consultation. A lot of residents are very confused!”
The proposed inland waterways marina includes a marina facilities building, boat workshop, new road access, associated foot paths, landscaping and car parking at land adjoining Sands Farm in Old Warwick Road.
Caroline Spelman, Meriden MP, has lent her support to protestors and this week, took a tour of the marina site.
The MP has also written to the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and British Waterways to ask why so many marina applications have appeared in the West Midlands.
Lapworth’s MP, James Plaskitt, has also written a letter of objection to Warwick District Council.
Martin Haslett, area planning officer with Warwick District Council, said: “From when the neighbours consultation letter was issued, the consultation period will have lasted two months which is three times the duration for normal applications. I am happy to receive any comments from residents, from now until the end of the year.”