Supporting information for marina inadequate to enable favourable decision

Some of the information supplied in support of a proposed marina in Cheshire was insufficient to enable an inspector to determine the likely visual impact of what was planned.

The scheme involved almost eight hectares of land and 235 moorings would be constructed. There was however little indication as to the amount of cut required and spoil arising or how the land would be contoured. Plans showing the proposed levels had not been provided and it might not be possible to accommodate all the spoil within the appeal site the inspector opined. Nor was it clear where the tow ablution blocks and car parking would be sited. These would require significant areas of hardsurfacing and consequently it was likely that the scheme overall would harm the character and appearance of the area.

An ecological report also strongly suggested that a range of protected species were present in the area including badgers, water voles, roosting bats, great crested newts, nesting birds and potentially grass snakes. She could not be certain that these species would not be adversely affected without adequate mitigation. Proposed access to the site and the loss of high quality agricultural land were also additional concerns.

Inspector: Julia Gregory; Written representations

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