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Broads Authority oppose development

PUBLISHED: 14:27 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:01 05 July 2010

Plans for an ambitious waterside development in Lowestoft have been opposed by the Broads Authority over fears it will ruin views and impede navigation for boats.

Plans for an ambitious waterside development in Lowestoft have been opposed by the Broads Authority over fears it will ruin views and impede navigation for boats.

The Brooke Peninsula development, which is part of a regeneration scheme for the area, would transform the former shipyard on Lake Lothing.

Architects have outline plans for a mixture of residential, leisure and business facilities including 650 new homes .

A decision will be taken at a later date by planners at Waveney District Council.

Members of the Broads Authority are being asked to object officially to the plans when they meet later this week.

A report to the members says: “The main impacts relate to the visual impact, given the size and scale of the proposed development, and the potential impact on navigation.

“The introduction of buildings of the size and scale proposed would dominate the skyline and appear overbearing and discordant in the local context. It is not considered that they are appropriate in the context of this gateway to the Broads.”

As well as objection to the scale and density, there was concern that the development would result in a loss of mooring facilities opposite the site and that plans for a cycle bridge over Lake Lothing would hinder navigation between the North Sea and Oulton Broad.

A spokesman for 1st East, the regeneration project that backs the plans, said: “The developer's consultants, PRC, will be examining all objections and comments before submitting a detailed application.

“The proposed footbridge across Lake Lothing would of course be lifting or swinging to enable vessels to navigate that area. Ultimately, a decision on the scale, extent and nature of the proposed development will be made by Waveney District Council as the planning authority.”

Objection from the Broads Authority follows two public meetings to discuss the controversial plans that have been under fire from local residents, who fear there will not be adequate new roads to deal with the extra traffic.

There was also strong objection to plans for a 20-storey tower within the site and the potential impact on house prices.

The Broads Authority's planning committee will discuss the proposals at a meeting at County Hall on Friday.

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