Boatshed plan for seafront rejected despite cyclepath

The boatshed plan came before councillors at Fareham Borough Council's last planning committee
The boatshed plan came before councillors at Fareham Borough Council's last planning committee
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COUNCILLORS have rejected a plan to build a boatshed on the seafront in a conservation area, despite permitting a cycle path to run just metres away from the development.

The boatshed plan came before councillors at Fareham Borough Council’s last planning committee.

The people behind the plan wanted to build a boatshed measuring eight metres by eight metres on land classed as an a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) adjacent to Crofton Avenue, Lee-on-the-Solent, but their plan was scuppered by councillors who threw out the application.

A deputation was made by the applicant, who did not wish to be named in The News.

She said: ‘We are proposing to put it on existing concrete hard standing. We were told that the SINC had been lifted to provide the cycle path, so we are unclear on that point.’

In August, a cyclepath made of hoggin - a mixture of clay, gravel, and sand - was put in along the seafront at Hill Head, which runs adjacent to the promenade on land classed as SINC.

Two previous applications for the site had been turned down by councillors in August 2013 and April 2013.

But as the area had changed due to the cyclepath, the application for the boatshed was submitted again.

The revised plan would have seen the boatshed enclosed in a larger grass mounds measuring 27m in width and 3m above land.

The applicant said the plan had been advertised and had not attracted any objections – only two letters of support complimenting the design and saying it would improve the area.

She added: ‘It is not obstructive. It will improve the setting of the existing hard standing and we don’t think it will impact on the SINC as it is within the boundary.’

Several councillors on the committee spoke, both for and against the application.

Councillor David Swanbrow said: ‘There are a number of mounds there and I don’t see too much of a problem with it.’

Councillor Peter Davies said: ‘The applicant is claiming there has been a change in that area due to the formation of the cycle path, now clearly that is not a change to the area, It has had no affect on the nature.’

Councillor Connie Hockley said she thought it was in the wrong place.

Councillors voted eight to one to refuse the application.