By Local Democracy Reporter Trevor Bevins
LYME Regis harbour is to extend its slipway and boat storage area, close to the historic Cobb.
The proposals were unanimously agreed by an area planning committee meeting on Thursday.
Councillors were told the changes, at the northern part of the harbour adjoining the town’s sandy beach, should improve the commercial viability of the harbour allowing it to deal with additional commercial and leisure boats.
The improvements to the slipway will make it safer with repairs to some of the concrete slabs which have cracked and buckled at the end of the structure. Parts of the slipway will also be raised to create a platform with the sides made of timber sleepers. This will only be visible at low tide.
Lyme Regis town council has welcomed the proposals and there were no objections from the Environment Agency or Historic England.
Said a planning report on the proposal: “The site is currently a working slipway for boats and pontoon storage and for launching small dinghies and tenders and this would not change.
“The area for storage would be increased but it is considered that this additional visual impact would be minor and wouldn’t result in harm to the overall setting of the heritage assets… It is considered that the proposal will not adversely affect the setting of the Grade I Cobb and surrounding listed buildings.”
The hours of construction will be limited, as part of the consent, to between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am until 1pm on Saturdays with no construction work allowed on Sundays or any bank holiday.
Plans were also approved earlier this year for a new harbourmaster’s store at Monmouth Beach.
The industrial-style building will measure 19 metres wide by 5.4 metres tall, sited between the public toilets and traders’ car parking area at Monmouth Beach, just off Ozone Terrace.