Monday, 14 June 2021

Heritage museum in planning appeal

AN appeal has been lodged against a decision not to approve a new museum that would store the first steam umpire’s launch used at Henley Royal Regatta.

The Consuta Trust, which helps to preserve the 116-year-old boat, is supporting plans to create the Thames Heritage Boat Museum at Beale Park in Lower Basildon.

It has been designed to house Consuta, which was built by Sam Saunders, of Goring, in 1898, and two other launches said to be of historic national importance.

The museum would include exhibits and information on the heritage and development of powered boatbuilding on the Thames.

Last year, West Berkshire District Council rejected the application, saying the building would harm the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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