Anyone any idea what's happening at the newly-named Thames Riviera, formerly Huck's Boatyard? LBRuT planning website shows decisions been made on the planning applications, but they're not published. And the place itself has gone very quiet and empty.

Intrigued...

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Hi Did you ever find out any information on the above ?

yes. I would be interested too. I thought they were trying to do something in time for the Olympics but while they seemed to have done a fair amount of work, it never seemed to come to anything in terms of the buildings actually starting to be used!

Well it's difficult to say too much about this one, however I understand that the council is currently pursuing enforcement action against much of the work which has been carried out.


 
paul johnston said:

yes. I would be interested too. I thought they were trying to do something in time for the Olympics but while they seemed to have done a fair amount of work, it never seemed to come to anything in terms of the buildings actually starting to be used!

Oh Yes! LBRuT issued enforcement notices a couple of months ago, which he has now appealed against. I don't have the appeal reference here but could dig it out this evening. Open for submissions until Jan 30th.

Belated info on the Appeal: Enter one of the appeal reference numbers (eg 2188534) at http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/casesearch.asp



Ian Lancaster said:

Oh Yes! LBRuT issued enforcement notices a couple of months ago, which he has now appealed against. I don't have the appeal reference here but could dig it out this evening. Open for submissions until Jan 30th.

Yet another attempt to change the use of a beautiful and active boatyard into the profits of property developers. The pontoons put into the mainstream without the correct permissions are for a number (9?or more) residential pontoons, could not be described as a boat! Which are being built behind all that terrible greenery in pots.

It appears to me that the Council and the Environment Agency are as usual pansying about and not clearly stating that the site should be retained as the valuable service and access point to the River Thames that it undeniably is.

If we as a community do not protect the access points for recreational boating, Don't be surprised when the river becomes a messy unsightly raft of fly moored ressidential traveler boats. What a great end for our Royal River........
Hello Geoff

I think it's unfair to describe the council's actions as 'pansying around'.

The surest way for any developer to get the thumbs up at planning appeals is for the local authority to fail in its duty to follow, to the letter, the correct procedures. Unfortunately correct procedures take time.

The upshot of following the correct procedure is that this development is to be the subject of a Public Inquiry which is to commence at York House, Twickenham at 10am on 25th February and will last for 4 days.

Hello Lydia

It's all rather complicated, I'm afraid.  At the moment we have the Public Inquiry as I mentioned above and, in addition to this, a further two appeals lodged by the applicant against the council finding that there are breaches of planning control regarding "Unauthorised Works to the Slipway". These new appeals will be dealt with as part and parcel of the Public Inquiry on the 25th. The closing date for comments on them was 14th January

HOWEVER if you have a point which you wish to make regarding the development in person at the Inquiry itself. You have no automatic right and it will be at the discretion of the Inspector but should you wish to do so then be at York House for the commencement at 10am on 25th Feb. When asked if you wish to speak you should then make yourself known. There is no need to register in advance

G
 
Lydia Blake said:

Where is the best place to direct my comments on the development? There isn't a lot of detail on the planning appeal/enforcement notices on the planning portal.

 

In particular, I am concerned that the riverbank at the far end of the development (nearest the bridge) has been undermined, either by dredging or by mooring of the dredging barge there.

 

A willow tree came down at that point earlier this month during high winds, and looking at the rootplate it appears to have been undermined. This is the only tree along this section to come down in this way.

And just to add that you're not the only person, Lydia, who thinks the tree's roots were undermined by the work on the bank which was carried out without planning permission. A couple of people on Taggs have said the same thing to me. And incidentally it looks like 2 or 3 trees came down.

Unfortunately it looks like I won't be able to get to the public enquiry, at least not for more than a couple of hours on the opening day. Hoping someone local can get there and make a statement about the blatant and illegal breaches of planning law and the unsafe disfiguring of the local landscape.

Lydia Blake said:

Where is the best place to direct my comments on the development? There isn't a lot of detail on the planning appeal/enforcement notices on the planning portal.

 

In particular, I am concerned that the riverbank at the far end of the development (nearest the bridge) has been undermined, either by dredging or by mooring of the dredging barge there.

 

A willow tree came down at that point earlier this month during high winds, and looking at the rootplate it appears to have been undermined. This is the only tree along this section to come down in this way.

Au contraire, Lydia. At least, I believe that as the trees are in the Hampton Conservation Area, all trees over a certain trunk diameter (I can't remember what that is but it is intended to cover saplings) have TPOs. It's blanket tree coverage within the conservation area.

Ian

Lydia Blake said:

Thanks for this. If there is no way to submit a written comment I will try and attend the inquiry in person. Incidentally, I assume none of the trees along the bank are covered by tree preservation orders?

Gareth Roberts said:

Hello Lydia

It's all rather complicated, I'm afraid.  At the moment we have the Public Inquiry as I mentioned above and, in addition to this, a further two appeals lodged by the applicant against the council finding that there are breaches of planning control regarding "Unauthorised Works to the Slipway". These new appeals will be dealt with as part and parcel of the Public Inquiry on the 25th. The closing date for comments on them was 14th January

HOWEVER if you have a point which you wish to make regarding the development in person at the Inquiry itself. You have no automatic right and it will be at the discretion of the Inspector but should you wish to do so then be at York House for the commencement at 10am on 25th Feb. When asked if you wish to speak you should then make yourself known. There is no need to register in advance

G
 
Lydia Blake said:

Where is the best place to direct my comments on the development? There isn't a lot of detail on the planning appeal/enforcement notices on the planning portal.

 

In particular, I am concerned that the riverbank at the far end of the development (nearest the bridge) has been undermined, either by dredging or by mooring of the dredging barge there.

 

A willow tree came down at that point earlier this month during high winds, and looking at the rootplate it appears to have been undermined. This is the only tree along this section to come down in this way.

Hi,

   Can anyone offer any news of the Hampton Riviera Enquiry .

  Bob.

I attended the appeal. We won't hear anything for weeks now, judging by past performance.
As soon as I receive the responds, I'll put the outcome on here.
John

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