Broads marina expansion recommended for refusal

St Olaves Marina had the planning application refused yesterday.

St Olaves Marina had the planning application refused yesterday. - Credit:

A proposal to build mooring pontoons along a busy marina has been met with scepticism from the Broads community.

Permission is being sought to build in-water moorings at the frontage of St Olaves Marina, along the River Waveney.

But it has been recommended members of the Broads Authority's planning committee refuse the vision at their meeting on Friday morning.

The current plan is to install 116m of floating pontoon moorings and 48m of piled river frontage. About 22m of this piled frontage would be demasting moorings, with the rest providing private moorings for boats up to a 3.6m beam.

These proposals have been tweaked since the committee looked at them in October, but still they have proved to be unpopular.

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The authority's navigation committee recommended it is refused, and local parish councils, the Broads Society, and South Norfolk District Councillor William Kemp were amongst others to object,

Commenting on the second version of the plans, MP Brandon Lewis said people were worried about the impact on safety and navigability on the river because of the width of the pre-existing moorings. He said: 'I would appreciate it if the committee could ensure that they fully investigate the concerns of local people before considering to grant planning permission.'

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