Short Explanation of the Drawings

UK Docks, River Drive Slipway Enclosure(shed)

Condition 2 of the grant made in 1996 by the Tyne and Wear Development Corporation (T&WDC) states: “The development to which this permission relates shall be carried out in complete accordance with the approved plans and specifications.”

The Council said the measurements of the frames were taken in September 2013: L = 22.254m, H(river end) = 18m, H(road end) = 15.5m and W=13.1m but we were not told what they were until the end of January.
Until then, the Council said the enclosure was compliant and it appears that they would still be repeating that fiction if I, on behalf of the TGA  had not measured the width by simple surveying from Greens Place and found it to be nearly a meter wider than planned. It was apparent to some of the residents that the variation in planned height was same as the gradient, about 3m, but it was not until the drawing 8296/14 produced by Maughan Reynolds Partnership (the agents), to meet condition 4 that we were able to demonstrate, beyond doubt, that the enclosure was 2.7m too tall. The drawing did not appear in the public domain until  December 2013.
The plans and drawings for the enclosure fall into two groups:

  1. ones that are approved:- 8296/2, and 8296/4 authorised by the T&WDC in 1996 and 8296/14 presented by the agents and approved by the Planning Manager of South Tyneside Council in October 2013.
  2. The following drawings should not be considered when claiming approval for the shed. They are not relevant and are used by South Tyneside Council to fraudulently misrepresent what had been approved. They are not approved and include the pair of drawings (longitudinal section and 8296/1B), provided by UK Docks and the drawing held by South Tyneside Council since April 1996 (8296/1A) and what appears to be a pre-planning sketch made by UK Docks (ST269696).

The Council maintained that the landward end is correct, giving a river end of 18.2m but the approved plans say the river end is correct giving a landward or road end of 12.8m. By scaling, the landward elevation one gets 3m plus 9.8m (not 3 plus 12.5m) which equates to a total height of 12.7m.
If that does not suit then one can use the gradient of 2.7m from 8296/1B in the ‘longitudinal section’ shown in the cropped 8296/2 to estimate that the ends are 16 and 13m which, again, tends to confirm that the planned height of the landward end is about 13m and not 15.5m which UK Docks and the Council maintain.
Please note: – the arguments just outlined, also apply to 8296/1A.

This is one of two drawings made in 1996 that have been authorised by the T&WDC as can be seen from the complete copy. This was retrieved from the Council’s archive in September 2013 but not made available for comment until the end of January 2014. This shows details that are missing from the ‘longitudinal section’ sent into the Council by UK Docks:
•T&WDC authorisation stamp;
•drawing number, drawing date;
•the height of the roof top above the datum (118.8m);
•the height of the base above the datum (95.5m). The height of the landward end on this drawing is therefore 13.3m and the river end 2.7m more (16m).

This drawing was produced as part of a submission to the Council by the agents, Maughan Reynolds Partnership, to meet condition 4. It was drawn in August 2013, received by the Council in September and approved by them on 14-Oct- 2013.
My additional notes show dimensions as 15.6m x 12.2m and these were originally made from an A4 copy. If the A1 drawing, which should be held by the Council is examined, one will see that the gable is drawn to a scale of 1:100 and is 16cm x 12.8cm. This shows a planned height of the river gable end of 16m and the Council’s legal section has said the drawing could never supersede the previously approved plans in terms of defining the dimensions of the approved development.
Its publication in December 2013 should have finally put paid to the argument about which end of the enclosure had a planned height of 15.5m and it is not the landward end.

Fraudulent Misrepresentation
The Council have successfully maintained the myth that the planned height of the landward end is 15.5m by saying or suggesting that 8296/1A or 1B are approved and quoting a dimension that is specified incorrectly. They also ignore the fact that both drawings give the river end a planned height of 15.5m as well as the road end.
When 8296/14 is mentioned the Council say things like it is not to scale, it refers to the road end or is just an engineer’s sketch; all of which are intended to mislead.
They also said that on completion there is to be the opening on each of the gable ends. True, there is indeed an opening at the landward end, and it is there to allow workmen and goods into the enclosure and is not much bigger than a standard domestic garage doorway. It is not the portal shown on 8296/14. Misrepresentations such as those just outlined in these two paragraphs have enabled the Council to misinform the residents of Greens Place and Harbour View in the response to a Petition.
This strategy also enabled the Council to misinform the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) so that the complaint about the variation on height was not upheld and they were then in a position to use the LGO’s decision to misinform other interested parties such as Members of Parliament and the Press.
It is worth noting that when they quote the LGO they have omit the last part of the summary: “The complainant says the shed is also 3 metres higher than it should be. The Council says it is not. There is no fault in how the Council decided the shed is the permitted height.”

The Council have not been able provide any approved plans that will support this decision yet they say there is no evidence that the Local Government Ombudsman has been misinformed.