Boat mooring numbers and duration restricted

The owner of a river basin within a Norfolk conservation area has been partially successful in overturning an enforcement notice which would have prevented him from mooring boats.

200-002-821 (Image Credit: Lanpro Services Ltd)
200-002-821 (Image Credit: Lanpro Services Ltd)

The site had a complicated planning history, an inspector determined, but ultimately ruled that the permissions authorised the construction of a basin which was integrated with a boatyard and hire boat base for the Norfolk broads. On this basis it had never been intended to be used by boats moored for long periods of time nor occupied on a residential basis.

However, this did not mean that some form of recreational use of the site was unacceptable despite its location within the conservation area and close to various listed buildings. Moored boats were a characteristic of the area although various works and activities within the basin had given the area an untidy appearance. In his opinion, conditions limiting the total number of boats which could be moored, their duration of stay, and preventing permanent residential use would mitigate the adverse impact. Other conditions would limit the extent of external storage and the times when repairs and maintenance of the boats could occur.

Inspector: Phil Grainger; Hearing

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