New house­boats ap­proved

Canal Boat - - News -

WHILE THE LON­DON mooring strat­egy aims to tackle the is­sues aris­ing from the in­creas­ing num­bers of craft oc­cu­py­ing the limited mooring space on the cap­i­tal’s canals, six new per­ma­nently moored res­i­den­tial craft to be sited just west of Lit­tle Venice have been given plan­ning con­sent – but in the face of op­po­si­tion from some lo­cal res­i­dents.

The six boats are to be moored on the off­side of the canal along­side an ex­ist­ing gated hous­ing de­vel­op­ment. Some of hous­ing res­i­dents were con­cerned that giv­ing ac­cess to their prop­erty from the canal­side would “com­pro­mise se­cu­rity for all res­i­dents”, im­pinge on their out­door space, al­low oc­cu­pants of the boats to see into their win­dows, and al­low the boaters to by­pass the es­tate’s se­cu­rity gates.

How­ever, West­min­ster Coun­cil, ap­prov­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion by ar­chi­tects Munken­beck & Part­ner­son on be­half of ap­pli­cant Cap­i­tal­bond Ltd, main­tained that with the open space al­ready ac­ces­si­ble from over 600 flats, adding six per­ma­nently moored boats would “not cause a sig­nif­i­cant loss of pri­vacy”. The Coun­cil added that house­boats were “an in­no­va­tive way of pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional hous­ing”.

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