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Appeal: Rural boatyard manager’s on-site home would bolster security

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An inspector has approved permanent on-site accommodation for the manager of a Kent boatyard despite its isolated location, ruling that it will allow him to deal with fires, floods and medical emergencies outside business hours.

The appeal relates to Twyford Bridge Marina, a boatyard of 78 berths on the River Medway in rural Kent. The proposal sought permission to use an existing mobile home on the site as permanent accommodation, as well as constructing a platform to protect against flooding. However, the site is outside local settlement boundaries, where residential development would not normally be allowed.

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