DC Casebook: Leisure and Entertainment - Moorings overcome safety reservations

Two appeals involving sites on the River Brent in Essex have won support from an inspector who rejected the council's concerns regarding their impact on the area.

The first site comprised a triangular basin accessed via a lock gate. The appellants intended to install pontoons along two of the basin's three sides to provide moorings for leisure craft. Decked platforms some 2m wide would rise and fall with the water in the basin. The second appeal proposed a similar scheme adjacent to a conservation area associated with the Grand Union Canal.

The inspector decided that both developments would be relatively unobtrusive, appearing as characteristic features in the riverside and canalside location. In her opinion, they would bring welcome vitality and life to the area.

The council was concerned about the second scheme's impact on other vessels using the waterway. Since British Waterways had no objection subject to adequate navigational aids being installed to mark the entrance to the moorings, the inspector decided that the development would not undermine safety.

Inspector: Sian Worden; Hearing

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