Riverside homes face flood risk - claim

Separate schemes to set up riverside holiday homes in a Broadland village are both at risk from flooding and will ruin views along the River Thurne, planners have been told.

Separate schemes to set up riverside holiday homes in a Broadland village are both at risk from flooding and will ruin views along the River Thurne, planners have been told.

On Friday, the Broads Authority is to discuss plans to build three apartments and five cottages at Martham, near Yarmouth.

The Martham Ferry Partnership wants to build the apartments, a 12- space car park, workshop and treatment plant in the ferryboat yard in Ferryboat Lane.

Officials from the Environment Agency have objected to the apartment plans as the seasonal homes are not compatible for the flood-risk zone. The agency also has concerns over the risk of possible pollution reaching watercourses.


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The parish council has registered its objection to the scheme by saying: “The proximity to the dyke and the height of the proposed building impairs the view across the ferry and is out of character with adjacent riverside properties.”

And a plan by the Martham Boatbuilding Company to replace six houseboats with five holiday cottages has also drawn similar flooding and landscape fears. The Environment Agency says there are “considerable difficulties in demonstrating that an acceptable standard of safety for occupants can be achieved”.

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The Broads Society has objected on the grounds that the five cottages would be higher and more intrusive than the existing houseboats.

Despite the concerns, Broads Authority planners have recommended that both schemes be approved on the grounds that they are an accepted form of development and design and there will be an opportunity to improve flood-risk provision. The authority also says the homes will complement a 2007 core policy on encouraging tourism and boosting the local economy.

The plans will be discussed by the Broads Authority planning committee from 2pm at Dragonfly House, Gilders Way, Norwich.

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