Mrs Stevens introduced the application.
The following members of the public addressed the Committee:
Timothy Firmston – Parish Council (represented by Elizabeth Hamilton)
Jonathan Hogan – Agent
During the discussion members sought clarification regarding the size of the proposed houseboat, whether it would present any issues with through navigation and the suggested conditions received from Chichester Harbour Conservancy (CHC). Mrs Stevens responded the dimensions of the proposed house were acceptable. Mr Barrett, as the Authority’s CHC appointed representative, confirmed that there are no proposals to develop the Canal further and therefore through-navigation would not present any issues. Mrs Stevens drew the Committees attention to the report which listed the suggested conditions received from CHC including the installation of the houseboat to take place outside the bird breeding season. The outbuilding was already in-situ and did not require permission. Mrs Stevens added that samples of the materials for the houseboat’s construction would be submitted for approval and that the in accordance with a CHC suggested condition, the visual appearance of the houseboat would be required to be both maintained and retained.
Recommendation to Permit agreed.