The Environment Agency has revealed there is a waiting list of people who want to live on boats at the Becket’s Park marina in Northampton.
The demand has led the agency to claim there is an ‘urgent need’ for more residential moorings at the £2.5 million facility.
Documents submitted to Northampton Borough Council by the agency said: “It has become apparent there is an urgent demand for more residential moorings, to the extent that we currently have a waiting list.” The facility has 82 moorings, but only six where people can live all year round.
Following a higher-than- expected demand for such residential moorings, the Environment Agency has now asked the council for permission to allow people to live 365 days a year at 18 of the 82 moorings.
Money made from the operation of the marina is pumped back into waterway improvements in Northampton by the Environment Agency. And the agency said the development of the marina had helped reduce crime rates in Becket’s Park.
The agency said: “It is evident that activity on the site, particularly through the permanent presence of residential occupants, has had a positive impact upon the local area.
“There has been a marked decrease in anti-social behaviour and the area now feels a much safer, family-friendly location.”
The council will decide if the scheme should go ahead in the coming months.