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Greenhithe Marina planners vow to fight on

PUBLISHED: 14:59 04 August 2011

The Marina plans have seen objectors raise petitions and put up signs condemning the proposal

The Marina plans have seen objectors raise petitions and put up signs condemning the proposal

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Planners hoping to build a 200 berth floating marina will fight on despite the proposal being rejected after appeal.

Greenhithe Marina Limited’s application for a pontoon built 195m metres off shore and connected to the the village via a footpath was rejected by inspector David Smith recently.

But this week he dismissed concerns held by objectors about both parking provision and the effect the proposal may have on the character of Greenhithe while rejecting the plan stating: “The comings and goings associated with the proposed marina would result in disturbance that would seriously reduce the living conditions of those in High Street.”

This was the second time plans for a floating marina had gone before a government planning inspector and been rejected.

A spokesman for Greenhithe Marina Ltd said: “I think the inspector bottled it. It is 50-50 and he came down on the wrong side.

“I don’t think we are far away now from getting an acceptable scheme together.”

Consultation with Dartford Borough Council planning department and the public will be held before submitting a new application.

Objectors have celebrated Mr Smith’s decision.

Peter Harman, chairman of the Greenhithe Community Group, who spearheaded opposition to the marina, said: “The Planning Inspectorate came to the only logical conclusion, to reject these plans – plans that would have seriously undermined the quality of life for many Greenhithe residents.”

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