Porthloo Boat Park Scheme Given Planning Go Ahead

Porthloo Boat Park

Plans submitted by the Duchy of Cornwall to improve the Porthloo Boat Park have been passed by Councillors.

The improvements will see the 10m long slipway lengthened to 45m. It will also be widened to 10m from the current 4.5m.

There will be a wider opening for boats through the dunes with granite retaining walls, and a new hard standing will be constructed above the slip, measuring 10m by 20m.

The remaining surface of the boat park will be levelled and reinforced with hard core.

A new, 6m wide road will be laid and power and water pillars will be placed across the area.

Chief Planning Officer, Craig Dryden, said the ‘slight environment impacts’ were outweighed by the significant benefits both to the community and to the islands’ marine-based businesses.

The scheme has been controversial with local residents who were worried about a large hedge blocking their views and disturbance from the work that was originally planned for the summer months.

However, the Duchy was recently praised for listening to those concerns and amending their scheme.

And while Councillors were supportive of the plans, it was the thorny issue of working times that produced most discussion.

Craig had originally recommended restricting noisy work involving heavy machinery to 7.00am to 6.00pm on weekdays and Saturdays.

However, he felt that condition should be revised to allow working between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Sundays.

However, Councillor Dudley Mumford questioned why work was being allowed on Sundays and why works would be allowed to start at the earlier time of 7.00am on weekdays and Saturdays, which was different from the usual planning conditions.

Councillor David Pearson said members had “fought to contain the nuisance of working within the islands to certain hours” and he felt it was a retrograde step.

He said the works would be taking place in winter and asked whether there would be lighting involved.

Craig said this specific proposal was very tide and weather dependent and needed more flexibility than usual.

He said there were conditions that meant lighting positions would need to be approved but he agreed there was a need to respect neighbouring properties, adding, “it’s difficult for me because I actually live in one of those properties.”

He felt restricting works to between 7.00am and 4.00pm on weekdays was reasonable and Councillors Roy Duncan and Molly Peacock agreed.

Roy said 7.00am wasn’t terribly early for many people and felt they couldn’t be even more restrictive.

However, Craig said it could be amended to 8.00am to 6.00pm on weekdays and Councillor Richard McCarthy said that seemed a good idea.

If workers needed to start at 7.00am they could always knock on a few doors and ask permission, he said.

The application was passed with the later weekday starts and use of heavy machinery on Sundays added.