A COMPANY that provides moorings for narrow boats and cruisers along the Thames said it could become unviable if a housing development goes ahead.

WH Munsey Limited runs Osney Mill Marina at Osney Island and said it is opposed to plans for Gibbs Crescent, West Oxford.

The owner of homes in Gibbs Crescent, A2 Dominion, wants to transform the area after an explosion razed homes to the ground in February 2017.

It wants to build a new 140-home complex but tie that in with another development at Simon House in the city centre. A2 Dominion wants to ensure half of the homes built as part of the projects are affordable.

But WH Munsey said it was worried about the 'increased scale and height' of the new planned development in Gibbs Crescent.

In planning documents on the city council's website, Fuller Long planning consultants, on behalf of WH Munsey, states: "Our client is deeply concerned that the privacy and tranquillity of the Marina will be shattered, with serious consequences for its attractiveness, usability and ultimately, its viability."

Concerns about the impact of the new Simon House building have been raised by Historic England, which said the new unit could 'overpower' historic buildings.

The projects will be decided by the city council over coming months.