Bid to overturn Keynsham marina refusal

Published on: 04 Jun 2016

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An appeal has been made against B&NES Council planning chiefs’ rejection of plans for a 326-berth marina off Broadmead Lane in Keynsham.

The scheme was turned down by planners in January but a challenge to the decision was lodged at the start of May by agents for the landowner, Enzygo Ltd. Members of the public have until Wednesday, June 8, to submit their comments to the planning inspectorate, before the decision is reviewed by an inspector.

Many people living on boats moored at the site objected to the scheme earlier this year, saying they felt they were “invisible” in the developer’s plans and feared losing their homes as the new marina would be purely for leisure purposes and not for residential use.

The opposition to the plans remain, one resident told Keynshamvoice following news of the appeal, with flooding at the site and safety on roads surrounding it of particular concern.

“Nobody thinks it’s viable as it’s on the flood plain and road access is dangerous enough now. I hope it’s refused for everybody’s sake,” the resident said. 

Meanwhile, a temporary stop notice was also served by the council on unauthorised work on a new track near Broadmead Lane in April. Retrospective planning permission for the work has since been applied for by the landowner.

The applicant behind the marina has said it would directly create eight full-time jobs and contribute £300,000 (GVA) to the local economy while indirectly creating an additional 12 full-time jobs, contributing £480,000 (GVA).

Councillors, however, agreed with the planning officers’ recommendation that the scheme should be refused on a number of grounds, including the risk of harm to wildlife, trees and hedgerows; a lack of safe pedestrian and cycle routes and alternatives to using a car to access the town; the loss of agricultural land; inappropriate development of the green belt and the development’s impact on the surrounding landscape.

No date has yet been set for a decision by the planning inspectorate. Details of the application and appeal can be viewed online, and comments submitted, via the council’s planning portal at www.bathnes.gov.uk with the reference PP-02994434.

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