Plans to address the “urgent need” for more residential moorings at the £2.5 million marina in Becket’s Park have been approved by councillors.
The Environment Agency had applied for permission to allow 18 people to live permanently on the site, an increase on the current figure of six.
The agency says it has a waiting list of people wanting to live at the marina, and this move will help with demand.
The proposal was unanimously approved at a meeting of Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee last night.
Councillor David Palethorpe (Lab, Billing) said: “To have an extra 12 residential berths would increase the security of the whole place. It would make it more alive, and what a marina should be.”
The marina currently has 82 moorings, and money made on its operation by the Environment Agency is spent on improvements to the waterways.
The agency says the development of the marina has also helped to reduce crime rates in Becket’s Park.
Speaking after the plans were approved, Luke Dawson, waterways asset control officer for the Environment Agency, said: “It is about providing what our customers want. There is a demand for it there.
“Hopefully it should enable us to bring in more money, which we can put back into the local system. That’s what we’re doing is all about. We are looking to carry on making investments.”
Mr Dawson said the agency is now looking to provide cycle storage on the site for marina users.