Casebook: Appeal Cases - Leisure and Entertainment - Jetty alterations held to comply with landscape

A proposal involving alterations to a jetty in the Lake District to enable access for disabled people has been accepted by an inspector who determined that it would not undermine the character of the national park.

The scheme incorporated a slight widening of the jetty and the installation of a pontoon to extend its length by 13m. The pontoon would be secured by four anchor piles and a wheelchair hoist would be positioned centrally within it. The national park authority argued that the pontoon and the use of galvanised floating steel chambers would be inappropriate.

The inspector noted that since the water level in the lake could vary by up to 1.7m, the pontoon would lie below the level of the existing jetty at many times of the year. He recognised that facing the sides of the pontoon with timber wave boarding was intended to replicate the appearance of the timber jetty. He concluded that the scheme as a whole would not undermine the character and appearance of the lake edge.

DCS No: 100039038; Inspector: Dennis Johnson; Written representations.

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