The marina's substantial physical presence would encroach into the countryside and its openness would be further eroded by parking facilities, the inspector found. In her view, it would extend the built settlement and traffic problems caused by bridge openings could be exacerbated by increased boat movements. Almost three hectares of high-grade farmland would be lost, she added.
She saw no compelling need for a marina on the site, given the absence of any substantiated evidence that there was no suitable alternative location. The scheme's beneficial impact on local services, biodiversity improvements, towpath widening and parking for anglers did not outweigh the harm to the green belt, she concluded.
Inspector: Jennifer Vyse; Hearing