Planners Reject St Martin’s Boat Shed

st martins from tolls island  2An application to build a wooden boat store and workshop on St Martin’s has been knocked back by planners.

The owners of High Barn in Higher Town want to build the store in their garden, replacing two older, smaller sheds.

But a consultation response from the AONB said it would detract from the character and appearance of the conservation area, because of its size and prominent, isolated position.

Three similar applications have been submitted by the property in the past decade and all were refused. An appeal was also dismissed in 2007.

The AONB pointed out that the current proposal was actually bigger than the one that went to appeal and features a cement roof rather than one made of slate.

Senior Manager of Infrastructure, Craig Dryden, felt the design had “taken a step backwards” particularly in the choice of materials used.

St Martin’s councillor Christine Savill said it was regrettable that the applicant didn’t seek any advice from the Planning Department before submitting their plans. She also questioned whether planning consent was in place for the two existing sheds at the property.

Craig said he wasn’t aware of any.

The application was rejected unanimously.