To consider a report of the Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services seeking approval to a Harbour Works Consent application made by Marina Development Limited.
The Committee considered the report of the Director of Culture, Communities
and Business Services (Item 8 in the Minute Book).
The report outlined an application, made by Marina Development Limited to extend five piers at Hamble Point Marina.
Members discussed any possible environmental impact of the proposals. The Committee heard that Natural England had not deemed the application to have any significant environmental effect and was satisfied that consent for the proposal be granted.
With regards to recommendation 9.1d, discussion took place about the varying widths of the new access channel created by the new extension and the need to reflect that in the recommendation made.
With regards to recommendation 9.1e, it was noted that not specifying a freeboard height for any vessel which would be moored on the hammerheads was intended to encourage the applicant, MDL Marinas, to consider the nature of the vessels which are moored and to provide greater flexibility by not stipulating a regulation height.
Members praised the report and some members noted that, if approved, the development had the potential to generate additional revenue for the local economy.
The Chairman proposed that a vote be taken on the recommendations. The majority vote was in favour of the proposals and the recommendations were duly agreed as below.
That the River Hamble Harbour Management Committee recommends to the River Hamble Harbour Board to approve Harbour Works Consent for the proposal set out in Section 3 of this report and subject to the following conditions:
a. The proposal is to be built in accordance with the details, plans and method set out in paragraph 3.5.
b. The development is constructed in accordance with the guidance given in the industry Code of Practice for the design of marinas.
c. Hamble Point Marina conducts a revised Risk Assessment within its own Safety Management System to reflect and manage the risks of the changes made and provides self-certification that it has done so prior to any construction taking place. That risk assessment will in particular address the management of risk of vessels entering and particularly leaving the Marina and conflicting with other vessels (especially small vessels including dinghies, kayaks and canoes) using the access channel. This will include the following control measures being put in place prior to berths being allocated:
i. The affixing of appropriately visible signage (at least 1m in
height and 1.5m width, with the wording ‘GIVE WAY TO
TRAFFIC USING THE ACCESS CHANNEL’) at the exit of
each Marina channel to show that vessels leaving the Marina
are required to give way to those vessels using the access
ii. written advice to all Marina berth holders and inclusion in the
terms of berth-holders’ lease of the requirement to give way
as at 9.1c.i above, coupled with the right of termination in the
event of non-compliance.
iii. Suitable advice must also be made available for visiting
d. The beam of craft moored on the new Hammerheads will be limited to 4.7m with no double berthing or rafting allowed. The concomitant impact of the narrower width of the channel will be to limit the length of craft using it to 17.7m (53ft) at this narrowest point, which may affect the overall berthing plan within the Marina.
e. The freeboard height of any vessel moored on the hammerheads shall be such as not to prevent adequate visibility of craft, particularly small craft, using the access channel and, in turn, to afford the necessary visibility to craft exiting the Marina.
f. The existing Aids to Navigation marking the end of each finger pontoon should be adjusted Riverwards by MDL as appropriate and the necessary facts reported to Trinity House and UKHO, keeping the RHHA informed. No additional lighting to be placed on the pontoons to effect or impact on the visibility or characteristics of Aids to Navigation.
g. Vibro-piling should be used as a standard. Percussive piling must only be used if needed to drive a pile to its design depth. If percussive piling is necessary then soft-start procedure must be used to ensure incremental increase in pile power over a set time period until full operational power is achieved.
h. Due to the sensitivity of the summer fish migration season, piling works are best undertaken outside of the summer migration period. Natural England suggests that further advice is sought from the Environment Agency with regard to timing restrictions.
i. All equipment, temporary structures, waste and/or debris associated with the licensed activities are removed upon completion of the licensed activities.
j. The development must be completed within 3 years from the date of the approval granted by the Harbour Board.