Houseboats

Houseboats at Strand on the Green (Hounslow Council ref P/2018/2595)

Update 18/07/2018

A new application (Hounslow reference P/2018/2595) has now been submitted similar to the earlier one for two houseboats at Steam Packet Steps.  We have objected again, seeking clarification of the position taken by the Port of London Authority and the position on  planning permission for any homes built on the proposed structure or for moorings along the tidal stretch of the Thames. We raised concerns over the detrimental effect on surrounding areas including the Conservation Area of Strand on the Green, the Thames Policy Area and Archaeological Priority Area as well as being a Site of Importance of Nature Conservation (SINC).  We also raised concerns over waste disposal  as well as the effect on sediment deposits and water movement.

Update 10/06/2018

This  planning application  (Hounslow reference P/2018/1715) to create moorings for two houseboats at Steam Packet Steps (opposite Cafe Rouge) to which we and others objected has been withdrawn. A revised application is however expected.

Update 01/06/2018

A new application, in the same location as the “Chiswick Beach” application below, has been made for 2 residential boat moorings, including driving 2 piles, installing a timber grid pontoon, access ramp and gate, and mains services. We have sought clarification of the position being taken by the Port of London Authority (PLA) and have objected as the location is not appropriate. The residential moorings here would be detrimental to the historic vistas along the Thames and particularly to the conservation area of Strand on the Green, the Thames Policy Area and Archaeological Priority Area. It is also a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). We also questioned the arrangements for waste collection and the impact the development would have on water movement and sediment deposits in this tidal stretch of the Thames. We have said moorings should be confined to the present areas west of Kew Bridge and those close to Kew Bridge to the south.

The Strand on the Green Association (SOGA) are also objecting.

Chiswick Beach, Strand on the Green

Update 03/03/2018

We understand that the developer is not proceeding with this application, for the time being. We will be keeping an eye out for any new application to the PLA or Hounslow Council.

Chiswick Beach, Strand on the Green

Update 04/01/2018

We have submitted objections to the Port of London Authority to the proposal for 25 houseboat moorings as well as a cafe/restaurant and other leisure facilities on the river at Strand on the Green. We said that the location, adjacent to a river frontage of historic listed buildings and the listed Kew Bridge is not appropriate. We particularly said that:

  • the proposals are likely significantly and adversely to affect the view from the south side Thames towpath and elsewhere in Kew of Historic and Listed buildings on the north side of the river and the Strand on the Green and Kew Bridge Conservation Areas. As well as the impact on daytime views, the adverse implications of further lighting on the river and its banks at night should be taken into account for both human and animal life;
  • whilst acknowledging the Mayor of London’s plans to increase affordable and private market housing volumes and types, we said we believed that there were other locations in Hounslow on the river to the west of Kew Bridge where such proposals may be better advanced and with significantly less impact on historic buildings, Conservation Areas and their settings;
  • The adverse impact on the adjoining river bank in terms of the provision of car and service vehicle parking, mains utility services and sewers/drainage and waste/recycling services. We noted the proposal’s claim to be self-sufficient in electrical supply but asked for clear evidence of this.

We also asked how the project would be funded and be economically sustainable and questioned the attractiveness as a “beach” in this location. We asked for the applicant to be required to demonstrate that the proposals would create no further hazards and risks to existing river users (whether commercial, sports or leisure) and that, if consented, the scheme’s occupiers, employees and visitors would be exposed to no undue risks or hazards.

We will be looking out for any planning application to Hounslow Council for this proposed development and will continue to work with amenity groups across the river on this and other developments affecting both sides of the river.

Kew Marine houseboats (Richmond Council ref 16/0753/ES191)

Update 30/08/2017

Richmond Council’s Planning Committee considered this application on 26 October 2016 and decided to defer a decision in order to seek Counsel’s advice on the use of the pontoon for residential purposes. A delegated decision was then be made based on that advice and the views of the Port of London Authority. The application in fact went back to the Richmond Council Planning Committee on 30th August with a recommendation to approve the certificate of lawful development which confirms the existing use of the moorings and pontoons. The Planning Committee approved the certificate.

Houseboat at Steam Packet Steps

Update 12/06/2017

The Port of London Authority  (PLA) has decided to defer a decision on this application until evidence that the scheme has planning permission is provided. They have said the application raises few issues in terms of their statutory duties but that representations made (including ours) demonstrated considerable concern relevant to planning laws which should be looked at by the Local Authority before the PLA could make its decision. We will be keeping in touch with the Strand on the Green Association if an application is submitted to Hounslow Council.

Houseboat at Steam Packet Steps

Update 01/06/2017

An application has been made to the Port of London Authority (PLA) for a new houseboat mooring at Steam Packet Steps (near the Bell and Crown pub) which will be visible from Kew. We have objected because of the visual impact next to listed buildings along the river bank and the risk to police launch activity nearby.

Kew Marine houseboats (Richmond Council ref 16/0753/ES191)

Update 25/11/2016

Richmond Council’s Planning Committee considered this application on 26 October and decided to defer a decision in order to seek Counsel’s advice on the use of the pontoon for residential purposes. A delegated decision will then be made based on that advice and the views of the Port of London Authority will be sought.

Kew Marine Houseboat (Richmond Council ref 16/0753/ES191)

Update 24/03/2016

An application for a certificate of lawful development has been submitted for the existing use of Kew Marine. We have commented to support in general this location for houseboats which can contribute to the housing needs of the area but have asked for controls on the number of boats, their type, location and size and for specific restrictions on sewerage discharge directly into the river. Details of what we have said can be found on Richmond Council’s website, planning reference 16/0753/ES191.

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