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River plans leave cops high & dry

PUBLISHED: 14:06 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:06 05 October 2010

POLICE have fallen foul of planning laws after installing a new pontoon for their river police station on the Thames waterfront without permission. The pontoon at Wapping police station was replaced with a floating platform two years after the Port of London Authority advised them planning perm isssion wasn't needed

By Victoria Huntley

POLICE have fallen foul of planning laws after installing a new pontoon for their river police station on the Thames waterfront without permission.

The pontoon at Wapping police station was replaced with a floating platform two years ago after the Port of London Authority advised The Met that planning permission was not needed.

But two years on, police have now had to apply to Tower Hamlets council for 'retrospective' planning permission after the Port authority's 'advice' was withdrawn.

The Met's senior planning consultant, Vic Buljubasic, said: "We previously obtained advice from the Port of London authority that the works were considered permitted development. But this advice was later rescinded, requiring the need for this application."

The new structure, built in Cornwall and towed along the Thames to Wapping in 2006, replaced two pontoons which had been in use since the 1960s.

The Port authority, which confirmed its advice to the police had changed, maintains the work carried out was 'upgrading' and there was "nothing controversial about it."

victoria.huntley@archant.co.uk

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