BCP Council (Christchurch): Dan Wilden, director of Pure Town Planning is pleased to have secured full planning permission for a new boatyard on the River Stour at Christchurch reached from Bailey Drive. The application was made on behalf of River Shack Boats who are currently established in Christchurch at Wick Lane by the Mayors Mead Car Park.

The application site is interesting from a historical point of view as it was a small dock attached to the former military barracks. It was understood to have played a key role in the second world war to enable the transportation by sea of temporary “Bailey Bridges” manufactured at the barracks. The dock has laid unused for many years hidden away behind the Bailey Drive retail park. It will be good to see River Shack Boats return it to active service once again with facilities which will include a very much-needed dry boat storage yard.

The main issue for the planning application in this case was a very tight deadline needed to achieve planning in order to be able secure the lease of the land – not something which is easy with how the planning system is currently operating!

If you have a commercial proposal which requires planning consent why not speak to one of the consultants at Pure Town Planning for some initial advice and to find out how we can assist the process.