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PUBLISHED: 10:56 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 23 August 2010

THE chairman of a residents group is pushing for a new multi-million pound marina to transform a popular river front. It follows a decision by Dartford council s control development board on Thursday to reject an £8million plan for a 180-berth marina an

THE chairman of a residents' group is pushing for a new multi-million pound marina to transform a popular river front.

It follows a decision by Dartford council's control development board on Thursday to reject an £8million plan for a 180-berth marina and nautical centre off Pier Road, Greenhithe.

Peter Harman, chairman of Greenhithe Community Group, says residents want a marina but that the rejected plan was "doomed from the start" because it was in the wrong location.

Over 100 residents sent letters of complaint to Dartford council, citing safety concerns over the tight access road, only 9ft in places and a lack of parking provision.

Mr Harman said: "We were concerned that the quantity of information being presented would make it seem feasible. But thankfully Dartford councillors applied common sense.

"This has been a very long drawn out process, nearly two years, for a project that must have cost the developer a lot of money. I feel sorry for them but it was doomed from the start."

He is now actively working on a plan to get a marina 500 metres further downstream towards Swanscombe Peninsula.

Mr Harman added: "There is much better access and space for a slipway.

"It would be part of the existing house building project earmarked for that area.

"Unfortunately the Pier Road plan was too constricted, the developer was forced to put all the facilities on the water which would effectively turn the River Thames into a building site.

"We propose a site where the facilities would be on land."

Developer Greenhithe Marina Ltd said that only nine parking spaces were needed for their marina because most users would be local and walk to the site.

Planning guidelines state there should be one space per berth, but existing capacity, including Eagles Road car park would have left the development short of that figure.

Residents were also worried about access for fire and emergency services, essential given developers wanted to install a refuelling depot on the site.

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