CONTROVERSIAL THAMES HOUSEBOAT
PLAN
IS WITHDRAWN


A controversial application for a development of 13 houseboats on the river has been withdrawn.

It involved identical houseboats moored at Willows Riverside Park, a residential mobile home park downstream from Windsor Marina, on moorings which have recently been cleared of 17 leisure boats.

Now the planning application has been withdrawn. Details HERE. It is not yet known if a revised plan will be put forward by park owners Haulfryn Group Ltd

The Environment Agency had been among the objectors to the plan.

The EA had told Windsor and Maidenhead planners "We view the proposed development as ‘highly vulnerable’ development as these are permanent, non-powered, non-navigable ‘floating’ fixed structures."

The agency also point out the flood risk and need for proper evacuation procedures. It adds "we believe that the 13 permanent structures pose an unacceptable encroachment into the public open space of the non-tidal River Thames in terms of scale and bulk."

Other opponents said the development is detrimental to the area, narrows the river for boat traffic and could set a precedent for other parts of the Thames.

Among over 80 objections were those from the River Thames Society and Eton Excelsior Rowing Club.

Eton College, among other objections, said the river would be dangerous for around 100 of its rowers in 50 boats who use the stretch regularly. It says the seven metre-wide houseboats plus mooring space on the riverbank would pose a danger by narrowing the Thames at that point.

Park owners Haulfryn Group Ltd did not respond to requests for comment.

 

Story dated December 10th 2015

 
 
     
 
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