Planning Enforcement

Planning Enforcement On Academy Soccer’s Car Park


Following serious concerns from residents about whether the car park at the Academy soccer site in Rawreth was being constructed in accordance with the planning permission, there is now an enforcement case open, see the letter below: “The matter will be investigated as soon as possible and any breach of planning control will be given further consideration”

Flashback To Last July.. 35 Fires That The Fire Service Had To Attend In 2010-2011

Last July we informed residents that the owner of Michelins Farm had been jailed for not removing waste from the site. We quoted this report from the District Council Website, its worth quoting again now: Date:Friday, 11 July 2014 Land owner Roger Frederick Phipps, aged 72, has today (Fri 11 Jul) been sent to prison for six months. Chelmsford Crown…
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Tonight’s Council Meeting

It was reasonably lively but without any bad temper. Here’s a few points: Council Chairman June Lumley was admirably frugal tonight. Most Council Chairman request a buffet with wine for councillors on the night of the December meeting. June didn’t do this, but did arrange refreshments to the public who attended the Civic Carol Service on Sunday, which raised about…
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Full Council Next Tuesday Night

The are two District Council meetings open to the public next week. Both start at 7:30 pm at the Civic Suite (opposite Rayleigh Church). Tuesday night has Full Council, Thursday night has Development Committee. Some of the items at Full Council are: 2 formal questions from Chris Black to Cllr Ian Ward: Revised Budget Estimates for the current financial year:…
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Cheshunt Drive

The District Council released the following press release yesterday: Prevention of Travellers’ site on Greenbelt Rochford District Council has successfully negotiated a solution to block travellers moving onto a greenbelt site in Rawreth. This comes after the authority’s Legal and Planning Officers attended the High Court on Friday, October 17, in relation to the site off Cheshunt Drive, Rayleigh. The…
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District Council Takes Pre-Emptive Action Against Travellers

From the District Council website yesterday: Rochford District Council has successfully obtained a High Court Interim Injunction to block travellers moving onto a greenbelt site in Rawreth. The High Court Order was obtained as a pre-emptive measure to prevent the site off Cheshunt Drive, off Rawreth Lane, from being used as a Gypsy/Traveller site. The move was taken by the…
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Michelin: 8 Months Suspended Sentence + £15,000 Fine + £20,000 Costs

The Environment Agency have issued the following press release: Prison sentence for ‘cantankerous’ land owner Fines, unpaid work and land clearance also ordered Land owner Roger Frederick Phipps has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work for allowing an illegal waste site to be run on his farm for years. He was…
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The District Council Executive has a meeting on Wednesday. (This is one of those meetings where no Rayleigh Councillor is allowed to speak). However there are a few items worth reading. You can find the agenda here. One of the items is the ‘quarterly performance report’. There’s 5 megabytes to download there, and we know that some of our readers…
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District County Council Wins On Michelins Farm (More Or Less)

The District County Council took enforcement action on June 29th last year over the land at Michelins Farm (next to the Fairglen Interchange, or Rayleigh Spur). The council had claimed that the land here was supposed to be agricultural , but had been used for depositing soil, rubble, wood and other waste materials. They issued a notice that the depositing…
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