A bid to improve facilities for houseboat owners at St Osyth Boatyard has been accepted.
Andy Harman, who runs the site in Mill Lane, wants to put in a new access, access road, parking for ten vehicles, a turning head and landscaping.
The yard is within the St Osyth Conservation Area and 70 metres away from a listed building.
The existing access has developed over a number of years and is largely unmade.
The aim is to provide a dropped kerb and safer access as well as reduce the need for parking at a public car park on the other side of the creek.
Tendring District Council (TDC) granted planning permission and imposed 13 conditions.
A Council spokesman said: “The new access and parking area will help to regularise the existing situation and provide formal parking for the St Osyth Boatyard business and houseboat owners.”
Essex County Council, as the highways authority, raised no objections provided certain conditions were met. TDC received three letters of support and one opposing the application.
St Osyth Parish Council objected on a number of grounds with the site being within the Conservation Area with a number of other important designations.
TDC felt that the development could bring about improvements to the appearance of what is an untidy and unsightly area.