Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company granted planning permission

Following a planning appeal and public inquiry, the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company (WOFC) have been granted permission to keep oyster farming trestles on the foreshore of Whitstable Bay.

WOFC are a family-owned company, and one of the oldest companies in the UK with roots tracing back to 1793. In recent years, the company have moved to farming oysters on metal racks, known as trestles, to develop them from seed oysters to market size.

Following the issue of an enforcement notice to remove the trestles by Canterbury City Council, Ellie Evans acted as an expert witness at public inquiry to identify the economic impact of the trestles and the production of oysters for Whitstable. Ellie highlighted the historical association between the town and oysters, and the draw of oysters for visitors and the visitor economy, which has contributed to the significant economic development of the town in recent years.

The Planning Inspectorate considered a wide range of factors in determining the outcome of the appeal, including ecological and safety matters. It was judged that following these matters the trestles should be allowed to remain on the beach.

In consideration of the decision, the planning inspector Katie Peerless stated “I have no doubt the oyster trestles as a whole are providing some economic benefit to the town and the production of Whitstable oysters contributes to the tourist industry and raises the profile of the town.”

This decision will enable the world-famous and PGI designated Whitstable Oyster to continue to be produced, and to contribute to the offer of Whitstable as a sustainable visitor destination in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To find out more please visit: Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company granted planning permission for oyster trestles on appeal 

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e: aobyrne@volterra.co.uk
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Alex O’Byrne, Associate at Volterra, is an experienced economic consultant specialising in economic, health and social impact, economic strategy, project appraisal and socio-economic planning matters.

Alex has led the socio-economic and health assessments of some of the most high profile developments across the UK, including Battersea Power Station, Olympia London, London Resort, MSG Sphere and Westfield. He has significant experience inputting to EIAs and s106 discussions as well as drafting economic statements, employment and skills strategies and affordable workspace strategies.

Alex is also experienced at economic appraisal for infrastructure. He was project manager of the economic appraisal for the City Centre to Mangere Light Rail in Auckland. He also led the economic and financial appraisals of the third tranche of the Transport Access Program for Transport for New South Wales, in which Alex developed and employed innovative methodological approaches to better capture benefits for individuals with reduced mobility.

He is interested in the limitations of current appraisal methodologies and ways of improving economic and health analysis to ensure it is accessible to as many people as possible. To this end, Alex recognises the importance of transparent and simple to understand analysis and ensuring all work is supported by a robust narrative.

Alex holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Manchester and he was a member of the first cohort of the Mayor’s Infrastructure Young Professionals Panel.


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e: eevans@volterra.co.uk
t: +44 020 8878 6333

Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.