New houseboats approved
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”.