PLANNING permission to remediate Barrow’s high profile Marina Village site is being sought in order to allow work to get underway.

If approved, the work would involve clearing the site of contamination so it can be transformed into an area that provides quality, mixed housing alongside conservation habitats for wildlife in the heart of the town.

Letters have now been sent to residents living nearby to keep them informed of this latest step to bring the site into use.

The Marina Village is one of seven innovative projects that make up #BrilliantBarrow – a scheme which last year secured an offer of £25 million in promised funding from the Government’s Town’s Fund.

Councillor Lee Roberts, deputy leader of Barrow Borough Council said: “This is a significant step towards realising the vision for this site to be developed into an attractive place to live with the kind of community environment we value in the borough.

“It will be good to see this land brought to life and take shape.”

“The process of preparing a site like this for residential development is complex and one that we have been working on for a number of years.

“Seeking planning permission for the remediation work is a significant step that we hope will help to unlock the potential of this site.”

If the planning application is successful, the remediation and demolition works across the 23 hectare site will be undertaken in phases. 

As each phase is completed, they will be marketed to private developers who will be able to bring forward proposals for high quality, mixed homes alongside nature conservation areas.

These proposals will each require their own planning permission.

The Marina Village site forms part of Barrow’s Local Plan, adopted in June 2019 where it is allocated for residential development. A series of detailed consultations were carried out involving Key stakeholders and members of the public. 

Letters explaining the #BrilliantBarrow scheme and inviting people to complete a questionnaire on the proposal located near to the Marina Village site were sent. 

More information on the scheme as well as six other shortlisted Brilliant Barrow projects is available at brilliantbarrow.org.uk