Plans for a £2.5 million extension for Mercia Marina have been approved, with the development expected to create 150 new jobs.
The extension will increase parking capacity and bring new shops, restaurants, cafes and offices to the Marina at Findern Lane, near Willington.
The Marina already attracts over 800,000 visitors annually, and general manager Robert Neff hopes this number will increase.
He said: “Our exciting new development proposal demonstrates just how successful we have become as a destination.
“Since the marina opened in 2008, we have become recognised as a major regional tourist attraction, not only for shopping, eating and drinking, but also boat trips, boat holidays, lodge holidays and much more.
“We’ve nevertheless always been very careful to ensure our growth complements the beautiful natural environment. It is very important to us that the location remains as attractive to those seeking tranquillity as it does for those who want to shop, dine and work here”.