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Gweek Quay Boatyard, Gweek, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6UF.
Restoration of Inter Tidal Habitat and Associated Site Works
Planning Application Ref: PA12/11293
You may be aware that Gweek Quay Boatyard has recently made a Planning Application in connection with the Southern end of its site, where it extends into the River Helford.
Followers of the yard’s history will recall that, under the previous ownership, land at the Southern end of the yard was extended, and levels raised, over a number of years. A number of houseboats are now moored adjacent to this area. It was subsequently determined that this “made up” ground required planning permission, which, following a lengthy Appeal by the previous owners, was not granted. The relevant land is currently the subject of an Enforcement Notice. It now falls upon us to remove a substantial amount of what has been created, and to legalise what remains, by seeking formal Planning Consent.
This application is being made at the end of over a year of preparation and consultation, since our purchase of the Boatyard. During this time, a substantial effort has been made to find a way to deal with the issues surrounding the outstanding Enforcement Notice, on a basis that would be acceptable to the local Community, River Users, Environmental Regulators and Cornwall Council.
To this end, a series of meetings have been undertaken to allow all these stakeholders to become more knowledgeable about the site, and understand how the site can be re-configured to broadly meet the requirements of the Enforcement Notice, whilst securing the future prospects of the boatyard and a significant number of skilled workers in and around Gweek.
The following organisations and groups have been contacted and meetings held to discuss the proposals:
The principal stakeholders, the Environment Agency and Natural England, are supportive of the application. Letters to this effect are contained within the application documents.
The proposed works and key aims for Gweek Quay (some key aims fall outside the scope of the application) can be summarised as follows:
10. It is not anticipated that the works will cause any significant disruption to those using or working at the Boatyard, nor to neighbours in the Village or those using the River.
11. The yard has commenced a programme of clearing derelict vessels and removing many years of assorted debris. The yard recognises the need to be a good neighbour, given its setting at the heart of the village and at the head of the River.
Details of the application (Planning Application Ref: PA12/11293)may be inspected on line at http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/ . Documents include a Planning Statement, Design and Access Statement, Environmental & Development Method Statement.
We would stress that the proposed works will take place during the summer months and only in the very southern part of the yard. Works will not affect the day to day running of the yard nor the usual busy laying up season. We look forward to seeing you at Gweek during 2013.
Ashley Butler Rory Fitzwilliams
GWEEK QUAY Ltd.