Plans for a large marina at Cholsey have been recommended for refusal.

Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC) planning and regulation committee has been recommended to refuse the application by London Rock for the scheme at White Cross Farm off Reading Road, at its September 7 meeting.

The plan is for fixed and floating moorings for approximately 280 boats along with a host of associated buildings and services including a marina office, café, toilet and shower block and laundry facilities.

However, OCC officers have recommended refusal saying: “There is no identified need for a 280-berth marina of which 80 per cent of the moorings would be for permanent moorings.”

Reasons for recommending refusal also include a ‘dramatic land-use change’, harm to the settings of listed buildings and loss of farming land. The report also states ‘the development is not considered to be a well-designed place’.

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