HISTORIC Environment Scotland has approved plans to build a new canal marina in Winchburgh.
Work will now be able to start in early 2020, with the project being managed by Winchburgh Developments Limited (WDL). It was announced earlier this year that the contract for the new canal marina had been agreed with Scottish Canals.
The Union Canal is listed as a ‘scheduled monument’, meaning it is a site of historic importance. Consent has now been given for the works, which will require modifications to the existing Union Canal to allow entry to the marina.
The new canal marina, which includes 20 marina berths and 29 canal moorings, has been tipped to help deliver new residential and commercial space.
John Hamilton, CEO of Winchburgh Developments Ltd said, “The new canal marina is central to the Winchburgh masterplan, enhancing the town centre environment and connecting the new green spaces via a network of public cycle paths and walkways. Overlooking the marina will be new commercial and residential spaces, providing Winchburgh with exceptional leisure space that few towns in Scotland are able to boast, and we’re sure this will become a great asset for the area.”
Catherine Topley, CEO of Scottish Canals added, “The Winchburgh canal marina will bring great benefits to the local community in Winchburgh and canal users in Scotland. It is fitting, that as we approach the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Union Canal, we will also be able to welcome this new marina to Winchburgh, expanding its rich history.”