GO-AHEAD FOR NEW BOATYARD DESPITE PROTESTS

 

     
 

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Controversial plans for a new hire boatyard on a picturesque stretch of the Thames in Oxfordshire have been given the go-ahead.

The scheme for Brandy Island near the village of Buscot was opposed by the National Trust among others. But the Inland Waterways Association were among the supporters.

And the boat company have reassured opponents it will not disfigure the area.
 
The plan is for Cotswold Boat Hire to move from its present base near the Trout Inn to a refurbished former water treatment plant. The Vale of White Horse Council has given the go-ahead for the yard with 20 moorings.

A total of 347 letters of objection from local residents and visitors were received. Among the reasons cited was the impact on the river. 

54 Letters of support were received some stating the site was overgrown and derelict and that the proposal was not for a marina but a small-scale waterside boatyard whose boats already operate along the stretch of the river.

Council planners approved the proposal subject to series of conditions about the building, landscaping and operation of the yard.

The National Trust own nearby land along the south bank of the river. Richard Henderson, the trust’s Manager for Oxfordshire said:”We are disappointed but we accept the decision. There is no right of appeal in a case like this.

“We have severe reservations but it was a democratic decision so we have to accept it.”

Cotswold Boat Hire owner Shirley Wheeler said:”We are delighted with the council’s  decision and we would like to reassure local people.

“We are a small family business and are not looking to expand merely to have a more permanent base so we can plan for the future.

“We will be using existing buildings which have fallen into disrepair. It has been described as a marina which it is not. We operate pre-booked holiday hire boats.
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Flickr pictures of Brandy Island

Vale of White Horse planning report

       
           
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