Pic: Courtesy Goring Gap Boat Club

One of the largest recreational boating clubs on the Thames has been given the go-ahead for a new boathouse and headquarters.

Goring Gap Boat Club has been granted planning permission for the building a mile downstream from Goring lock on the non-tidal river. It will be the club's first permanent home since it was formed 25 years ago.

West Berkshire Council approved the application despite objections that it was out of keeping with the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The planners decided the club was minimising any impact of the building, which is near Gatehampton railway bridge, with a screen of trees and an earth bank.

Club chairman Hugh Baker-Smith said: " Over the last 20 years, working from temporary locations, GGBC has taught nearly 2,000 people to row, while developing the Goring and Streatley Regatta into a major family event every summer.

" With a permanent home, we can build on these foundations and help even more people enjoy the river. All we need now is to fund and build it!!"

Link to Goring Gap Boat Club website

A decision is awaited on a second planning application on the river near Pangbourne. West Berkshire Council refused permission for a boat and boat-building heritage centre at Beal Park. The scheme's backers went to a public appeal. The result is expected within the next few weeks.

Story dated May 27th 2014

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