a state-of-the-art marina could be built as part of the town’s canal restoration plans.

Members of Wychavon District Council’s development control committee will discuss the scheme when they meet on Thursday, April 2.

The plans, which would see the site become a hub for the newly-restored Barge and Junction Canals, would create a 238 berth marina to serve the town’s waterway system.

A number of jobs would also be created during construction with more on offer once completed.

The scheme, which has been submitted by GJP Marina Development Ltd on behalf of applicants Mr J and Miss A Weston, would be built on 6.81 hectares of flat agricultural land to the north of Droitwich Rugby Club.

The site lies on green belt land off Hanbury Road.

The plans have been submitted with a view to serving the additional boats brought to the area by the on-going canal redevelopment work.

The marina would also be included in tourist visitor information and be seen as a future attraction for the area.

Provision of such a marina was originally identified in the Droitwich Canals Supplementary Planning Guidance in 2004.

Proposals include an amenities building for administrative offices, toilets, showers, laundry facilities, storage and car parking.

No objections have yet been raised by Saleway or Hanbury Parish Council and West Mercia’s crime risk manager does not believe the development would create a risk.

However, some residents have raised objections to the plans due to the green belt location, its size and the heavy traffic flow caused.

Supporters claim such a scheme would bring more people to the town and offer employment opportunities.

A spokesman for agent GJP Marina Development Ltd said: “It’s a marina that will support the new canal redevelopment. It is an opportunity for a quality boat facility in Droitwich Spa. It would be one of the most attractive and eco-friendly facilities on the canal network.”

Wychavon District Council’s planning officers have recommended that the maria plans be approved unless the Environment Agency raise objections to the scheme.