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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Osea Island - New Pier?

    If it's not a purely temporary or mobile structure it will require planning permission from the District (not County, in this instance - Maldon DC?). It will require a licence from the river authority (probably Environment Agency). If it's in a statutory harbour it will require the harbour authority's permission. It may require consent from the Marine Management Organisation, but I think more likely the MMO would just be consulted by the planning authority and river authority before making their own decisions.

    I suggest the district council planning office would be the first, er, port of call for enquiries.

    The (previous?) owner of Osea Island seems to have history of undertaking works without getting permission (e.g. building up the causeway), but I thought I read somewhere recently that a female pop star had bought the island.

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    Default Re: Osea Island - New Pier?

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    The (previous?) owner of Osea Island seems to have history of undertaking works without getting permission (e.g. building up the causeway), but I thought I read somewhere recently that a female pop star had bought the island.
    I believe it's owned by a music producer. It has, apparently, a fully equipped recording studio as well as a rangeof luxury accommodation

    The pop star to whom you refer was probably Rihanna who rented the entire island for a while to record her last album (again, according to reports)

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    Default Re: Osea Island - New Pier?

    The foreshore on the Blackwater used to have split responsibility in my days at Marconi (ended in 1993). The area west of the yellow fisheries buoys about half way down the Marconi moorings is the responsibility of MDC, the area to the east Crown Estates...
    Larry Botheras

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  4. #14
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    Default Re: Osea Island - New Pier?

    Again, my understanding is that marine licences issued by the MMO are entirely independent of (additional to) any requirements for planning application under the Town & Country Planning Act. A brief quotation from the MMO website:

    "The marine licensing team are responsible for consenting and regulating any activity that occurs below ‘mean high water springs’ level that would require a marine licence. The definition mean high water springs is the average throughout a year of the heights of two successive high waters during those periods of 24 hours (approximately once a fortnight) when the range of the tide is greatest. These activities can range from moorings for private jetties to nuclear power plants and offshore windfarms. When assessing applications for licences we aim to deliver timely, cost proportionate and evidence-based determinations whilst providing excellent customer service through a user-friendly system."


    Their website also provides an "interactive assistance tool" to hel;p us simple citizens work out whether any proposed activity is licensable, but the overview is that you need a licence for the following:

    "Activities that may need a marine licence
    There are seven categories of activity that may need a marine licence. Follow the links below to find out more about the activities and the circumstances in which they may need a marine licence:
    Construction (including laying of cables, maintenance, alteration or improvement of existing structures and assets)
    Dredging
    Deposit of any substance or object
    Removal of any substance or object
    Incineration of any substance or object
    Scuttling (sinking) of any vessel or floating container
    Use of explosives
    Licensable activities within the MMO’s jurisdiction are detailed in Part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009"


    Peter.

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    Default Re: Osea Island - New Pier?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gladys View Post
    The foreshore on the Blackwater used to have split responsibility in my days at Marconi (ended in 1993). The area west of the yellow fisheries buoys about half way down the Marconi moorings is the responsibility of MDC, the area to the east Crown Estates...
    That's true of the riverbed - we have to pay fees for laying moorings to two separate authorities as you say... no idea whether the foreshore is similarly accounted for.

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    Default Re: Osea Island - New Pier?

    Apparently the pontoons are only temporary, they are being used for filming for a month or so.

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    Default Re: Osea Island - New Pier?

    Something was going on on Osea over the weekend. There was a crane with what looked like a kind of light used for filming suspended from it. Then it was gone.
    He said, "All men will be sailors then until the sea shall free them."

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    Default Re: Osea Island - New Pier?

    Today:

    MALDON DISTRICT COUNCIL

    LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS

    OSEA ISLAND

    RIVER BLACKWATER, ESSEX

    Admiralty Chart 3741

    EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATE

    AUGUST 2019

    Notice is hereby given that a temporary floating jetty measuring 56.7mtrs in length has been installed alongside the Osea Pier on the south side of the Island.
    The Jetty which does not extend beyond the existing structure, sits within the line of the pier which is lit at night. The jetty is not for public use and mariners are advised to give the structure a wide berth owing to the nature of the mooring anchors that secure it in place. This will be removed by 14th August 2019.

    You are further notified that four temporary causeway markers have been installed along the course of the Osea Causeway. These are not lit at night and are marked by mooring buoys at high tide. These will be removed from site by the 13th August 2019. Exercise caution when navigating through this area.

    For further information regarding this Notice to Mariners contact:
    Maldon District Council River Bailiff on 01621 875837

    DATE: 6th August 2019

    River Bailiff
    Maldon District Council
    www.crossingthethamesestuary.com

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    Default Re: Osea Island - New Pier?

    Quote Originally Posted by rgarside View Post
    Apparently the pontoons are only temporary, they are being used for filming for a month or so.
    Presumably the temporary pontoons extend beyond Mean High Water Springs and therefore require a licence from the MMO.

    Peter.

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