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jill_R
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Houseboats and Residential Craft


Houseboats and boats used as permanent dwellings

The Broads has status equivalent to a national park, and part of the Broads Authority's responsibility is to maintain both the landscape beauty and the conservation value of the area. The Broads is a popular area for visitors, who come to enjoy its special qualities and character, and for those who live and work here. The value that both visitors and residents make to the local community is valued.

Because of its special qualities, people sometimes wish to combine living in The Broads with an enjoyment of the water, and ask about living on a boat.

Experience shows that the appearance of houseboats and residential craft, together with the associated use of the river bank, can sometimes be damaging to the character and appearance of The Broads. Residential use of boats also tends to create a demand for facilities that are often inappropriate in a rural riverside setting, such as provision of water and pump-out facilities, or boardwalks to provide safe footing on soft ground. There is also an increased risk of pollution, particularly if these facilities are not provided, and damage or disturbance to wildlife. Given the special character and importance of The Broads, it is considered that the use of residential craft is inappropriate unless these problems can be avoided.

Current planning policy on residential moorings

The permanent mooring of a residential houseboat is development that requires planning permission. Our planning policies do not currently permit any further houseboats or the use of craft for residential purposes. There are a number of existing houseboats within The Broads that have been established over a number of years, with concentrations in locations including Horning, Hickling, Wayford Bridge and Oulton Broad. Some of these are particularly intrusive and we will continue to seek their removal. This is normally done by negotiating their removal, possibly to a less intrusive location. We will also take prompt and effective action where there is use of a residential boat without planning permission, and this may result in enforcement action or a prosecution.

Review of development policies

Our development policies, including those relating to new residential moorings, are currently under review as part of the preparation of our Development Policies DPD. The review is considering the possibility that in future, new residential moorings may be permitted in limited circumstances where all the above issues and other sustainability matters are adequately addressed. No change in policy is planned until the Development Policies DPD is adopted, sometime in 2010. Until that time, the existing restrictive policy, as set out in the Broads Local Plan, will continue to be applied.


It should be noted that the Broads Authority does not plan to provide residential moorings and is not compiling a waiting list for moorings. In the event that any new policy is adopted, it will be up to boat or land owners to provide a site and apply for planning permission, demonstrating that the requirements of that new policy are met.

For more information on the policy review and preparation of the Development Policies DPD, contact the Planning Policy Officer on 01603 610734 or by email to: LDF@broads-authority.gov.uk.


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What utter rubbish! The moron(s) who wrote this policy, have no concept of the history of the Broads, or the benefits that a year round community can provide.

It's now time for the BA to start thinking about the Broads and the culture of the area, rather than some pathetic ill conceived idea of the Xanadu that they think exists for three months of the year.

JP if you're reading this, give me a call, I'd love to have some face time with you about this, or any other member of the BA that thinks this is a good policy.

btw, have a nice day Smile  

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Total and utter rowlocks, but it is their bl*$dy minded, extremely short sighted policy.

However, there is nothing whatsoever in their powers that says you can't live on a boat, tens of thousands do it every year. All they are saying is that you can't treat your home as a permanent structure. You have to move about, occasionally, but that is boating.

That said, some of the live-aboard boats on the Broads are awful, appalling eyesores. In some respects the house boat community brought this one on themselves.

Common sense dictates that the BA should cater for a growing need, and, perhaps, control live-aboards so they don't spread out onto the land. In normal circumstances I would resist control, because where would it stop? But in this instance there is a clear need.

Living aboard boats has gone on for very many, many years, can't see how they can bolt the door long after the horse has bolted.

I really can not see how they can stop someone living on their boat if it is either in a recognised mooring or against a landowner's land. It's gone on for generations.

If people can live on a holiday boat, without restriction, then why not on a private boat? Boats are not permanent structures, a baffling policy. I wonder, would it stand up in a high court?

But rest assured, the policy only concerns 'permanent mooring of a residential houseboat'. What is the legal definition of a Houseboat?  



Jenny Morgan,
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The Broads is The Broads, it is NOT a National Park. Parliament says so!!

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Every time a "newbie" comes on and innocently asks about houseboat locations it does seem very strange to have to break the bad news to them. In almost every other waterside location of the UK they're just part of the riverside scene, a mixture of good and bad.

The only thought that passes through my head when I see a scene like this is         envy..   Smile  


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hi jenny

"some of the live-aboard boats on the Broads are awful, appalling eyesores"

some but not many

some ressys are really up against it, trying to repair and keep ship shape while being shunted from pillar to post with no back up home base, and they are usually the ones that get highlighted. poor peeps.

ive seen some eyesore houses to ........

i presume the BA are scared to sanction residential boating for fear of the onus of providing facilities.

on the canals, there are many locks with good facilities but this isnt the case here and a slightly
different approach is needed.

on the whole, residentials are fairly self sufficient and can manage well without mod cons and if yards were
able to accept them, residentials who wanted more could have a base.

im sure there are many boatyards that are more than happy to welcome a percentage of residential boats.

with modern technology, it gets easier to live aboard with no worry about damaging the environment.
modern products such as bio cleaning products and
composting loos.

the canals have a much harder job accommodating residentials due to the narrow water ways and they manage.

we have marinas failing every year. how many could have been saved if they could have taken residential boats?

what is the definition of a house boat on the broads?
isnt it a vessel without an engine?

jill

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Jill, the picture with this posting is classed as a houseboat, hence the problem!

My sailing boat doesn't have an engine! But if having an engine or not is the criterior then the answer is simple!

Jill, you know me, I am very much on your side.

Re tatty houses, agreed, but at least most of them are not lining the banks of our rivers.

Jenny Morgan,
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The Broads is The Broads, it is NOT a National Park. Parliament says so!!


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quote:"......
My sailing boat doesn't have an engine!
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It does Peter, its called the sails.


quote:"......
Re tatty houses, agreed, but at least most of them are not lining the banks of our rivers.
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Whether they line the rivers or not, they are still within the BA jurisdiction. I, like you, could find a good number of these properties. Why should it be different "just because they are beside the river"?


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hi jenny

"Jill, the picture with this posting is classed as a houseboat, hence the problem!"

is that residential?

cant see a chimney   Smile

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in the 80s when i lived aboard on the trent and

the BWB were heavily anti and activly searched out

residentials, the only way they could tell was to

look for cat flaps Smile

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Cat flaps above, below or on the waterline?

What concerns me is that we are fast heading for planning consent on boats and their usage!

Boats will have to be wholly sustainable, with cotton sails and wooden hulls, and approved by me!

Jenny Morgan,
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The Broads is The Broads, it is NOT a National Park. Parliament says so!!

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