This is the site of the larger of the two new marinas being built in North Oxford. The planning consent was granted on January 5th this year. It appears that not one spade of soil has been turned to date.
In their web site they say:
Presently, there is only one small offline marina on the Oxford Canal in the 44 miles between Oxford and Napton, which is reflected in the large numbers of boats moored along the banks of the canal.
I am not quite sure why they brought that up. Whist what they say is true, it is not an accurate account of the situation. There are also 3 online marinas Enslow, Heyford, Soverign plus the Engine Arm on the Napton flight, the Arm at the top of Banbury. You could even include the Hythe Bridge arm given that there are permanently 13 residential moorings.
In reality it doesn’t matter if they put a million boat marina at Cropredy it will not change the situation at the bottom of the canal.
At the Barby Marina, which had such bad press last year, Mooring fees range from £2,200/50 foot to £3,200/72 foot and that is for a pontoon mooring. Bankside moorings range from £3,800 to £5,500. I can’t imagine Cropredy prices will be much different. A lot of online boaters will not be able to afford that.
EDIT: I forgot Fenny Compton. Oh! and there are 491/2 miles to Napton