Regina on the Application of Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority v the Secretary of State for Transport Local Government and the Regions: QBD 26 Jun 2003

Captain Wyatt owned land near the harbour and wanted to moor his boat by it. The Harbour authority said he needed a licence. The Harbour authority requested him to move the boat as a danger to navigation. The Captain sought a judicial review of the authority’s action.
Held: Under the Act, the harbour authority had power to grant licences for moorings. In fact no decision had been made by the authority which was susceptible to an intervention by the respondent. Mooring meant more than the tackle used in fixing a boat’s location, and included the occupation of space by the bank.

The Hon Mr Justice Lightman
[2003] EWHC 1494 (Admin), [2003] 2 Lloyds Rep 607
Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority Act 1975 33, Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847 51
England and Wales
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