Maritime Burnham offers a ‘sensitive’ alternative to the Maltings sheds development plan

Burnham’s planning row over the Maltimgs sheds continues. The yard owner, Mr Prior, now wishes to keep the boatyard trading, but says it needs significant investment, which could come from the proceeds of the sale of the Maltings sheds.

This looks like very good news. Campaigners Maritime Burnham have made an offer to buy the site, and has plans to stabilise the buildings, offer boat storage for Priors and third parties, and pursue what they say would be a sensitive development within the existing sheds to add leisure uses such as catering and retail. Read all about it here.

Architects have prepared drawings of what the development could look like.

The organisations is asking for folks to write to Maldon Council opposing the application, which is on the council’s website.



Development plans for Burnham’s waterfront – there’s still time to object

The expected planning application to build housing on the Matings site on Burnham’s waterfront – and the town’s councillors have voted not to recommend the application. The issue now lies with the folks at Maldon District Council Planning, who can be reached at ┬áThe deadline for comments is the 6th October.

The story is the same in too many places around our coast – so often, nprofitable, high value housing is so often replacing port buildings, wharves and boatyards. Local campaigner Ed Maggs put it very well in an email he sent to to me ‘Burnham should be one of the homes of wooden boat culture, rather than continuing on its way to a commuter town suburb.’ He’s right…