In regard to the planning application made by Morgan Marine for development of their existing marina facilities, Brightlingsea Harbour Commission (BHC) will be a statutory consultee to both Tendring District Council (TDC) and the Marine Maritime Organisation (MMO), whose planning approvals will both be required for the project to proceed in its current format.
In early June 2021 BHC received a formal consultation request from TDC to comment in regard to any potential impact of the development on safe navigation. BHC immediately requested and was granted an extension to the time limit for submitting its consultation report, to allow sufficient time to undertake the necessary research and consultation required.
As part of that research and consultation BHC will be inviting individual stakeholder organisation/group representatives to meet with Commission representatives to present their concerns and data. Respondents will be invited to an interview at Brightlingsea Harbour Offices where they will be able share and discuss their evidence with Commissioners. The invitations will be accompanied by an outline of the key points the Commissioners are seeking to clarify to help stakeholders prepare for the interviews.
Stakeholders are asked to note that BHC’s response must be based on its statutory responsibility for safe navigation in the Harbour and therefore ask stakeholders to focus their evidence to the Commission on safe navigation. Other areas of concern will be covered by other statutory consultees – for example any potential impact on water quality or flow will be reviewed by the Environment Agency, the RSPB, Essex Wildlife Trust and Natural England will review concerns regarding habitat and wildlife, etc.
Interviews will take place through the remainder of July and August, after which a response will be drafted for submission to TDC and wider publication. BHC will endeavour to contact representatives of all relevant stakeholder groups, however, if you wish to submit evidence regarding safe navigation but do not believe you will be represented by one of the existing stakeholder groups, please contact the Harbour Master on email@example.com to request an invitation.
To date BHC understands that Morgan Marine have not yet made a planning application to the MMO, and so BHC awaits a statutory consultation request from the MMO at a future date.
On the 13 September 2021, BHC will put out buoys to mark the hammerhead edges of Morgan Marine’s planned development. This will enable stakeholders to visualize the extent of the proposed development on the water.
LW is at 1047hrs
HW is at 1714hrs
The buoys will be removed at HW to ensure they present no hazard to current mooring holders during the dark hours.
It is anticipated a Statutory response and report will be compiled for presentation to TDC planning this month