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Two Decisions

There are quite a lot of items at tonight’s meeting of the District Council Development Committee. However 2 of the items were:

35 London Hill, Rayleigh- build 3 houses in the garden. This is a very unusual , large , sloping garden bordering on Rayleigh Mount and the Windmill, largely hidden from the road. Ward councillor John Griffin moved refusal with a lot of help from other councillors, and it was indeed refused, on the grounds of (roughly) , effect on the Rayleigh Conservation area, lack of information on drainage, and being detrimental to the residential amenity of neighbouring properties.

The Lawn, Hall Road, Rochford. Install 6 rows of solar panels. This was recommended for refusal by officers on the grounds of being in the Special Landscape Area, and effect on the listed building. However ward councillor Keith Gordon successfully moved approval.

Lambricks Planning Application

New planning application:

14/00159/FUL
Parish: Rayleigh Town Council
Ward: Trinity
Proposal: Proposed Redevelopment of the Site With 10 New Dwellings
Comprising 8 n0. Detached Houses and 2 no. Semi-detached
Houses and One Carport. New Vehicular Access into the Site.
Location: 41 – 67 Lower Lambricks Rayleigh Essex

Applicant:
Matthew Homes Limited

The District Council’s Explanations…. And Countryside Properties Masterplan For “West of Rayleigh”

exhib

The District Council have displays in the Mill Hall for a few days and in our district’s libraries for at least the next two weeks. You can find the exhibition material here.

masterplan

And the developers Countryside Properties are now showing what their ideas are
They say they will be holding 2 public exhibitions later this month and sending a newsletter to local residents.
They are also giving people a chance to register their comments with them online here.
Any thoughts?

BREAKING NEWS: Sports Pitches Application Delay

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The application for sports pitches in Old London Road. Rawreth, due to be decided tomorrow night, will now be delayed to a later meeting, due to a holding objection from the environment agency!

Planning Meeting Next Thursday – Sports Pitches In Rawreth, Flood Risk Questions In Hawkwell

Apart from the full Council meeting next Tuesday, there is also a meeting of the Development Committee next Thursday. Three of the items are:

1) Application by Academy Soccer for 8 sports pitches and other facilities in Old London Road Rawreth, next to the A130. This is recommended for approval by officers.
2) Application by David Wilson Homes for their 176- home development in Hawkwell to have a revised Flood Risk Assessment and revised mitigation measures.

To quote from the report:


3.2 Environment Agency:
The original strategy was to provide two discharge points to the north of the
site. Since the original submission, a more detailed survey of the river has
been undertaken and it is now known that the discharge points, as originally
proposed, will not function adequately. The revised proposals do not alter the
scheme from that originally agreed, other than to alter the point of discharge
from the site. The discharge rates, storage volumes and methods for storage
have not been altered. We therefore have no comments to add in that regard.
3.3 However, the proposal is to discharge all surface water to a smaller water
course, which runs along the eastern boundary of the site, rather than to the
water course to the north, as originally proposed. We would advise that this
water course should be checked for its capacity for carrying flows discharged
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – 27 February 2014 Item 5
5.5
from the site to ensure that this water course will not become overloaded and
increase flood risk to the surrounding areas. We recommend that you are
satisfied, through consultation with the developer, that there is capacity within
the water course to carry and store flows from the site, without compromising
the capacity of the system for flows that it may already receive from other
developed areas in the vicinity. We would recommend that the developer
demonstrates to you that there are no known capacity issues with this water
course that result in localised flood risk problems and that the additional flows
to this water course will not increase flood risk to the surrounding area, before
the condition is discharged.

3) Application by David Wilson Homes to waive one of the original planning conditions of their site, to allow 22 homes to be occupied before highways improvements have been completed.

The Buddha Pizza Oven

Here’s something a bit diferent… planning application 13/00693/FUL on Foulness Island. It’s the last item on this weeks weekly list, and will be passed if no councillor calls it in by next Wednesday.

It’s basically an application to allow some former allotments to be a communal garden with some sculptures. It is a retrospective application – the sculptures are already there. The location is “Land Opposite 19 Churchend, Foulness Island”

Here’s some extracts from the report:

….This application is retrospective and seeks retention of the land as residential garden/storage and the retention of various sculptures including faux Roman ruins, steps, a sculpture of one plus infinity, a loggia, Buddha pizza oven and canopy, marble sculpture tropism, marble sculpture gala and marble sculpture daemon…


24 letters and drawings of support have been submitted with this application from the community of Foulness and in addition to this a petition in support has been signed by 88 people. Whilst the proposal description refers to the site as ‘residential garden/storage’ it is clear from the letters and from a visit to the site that this area has been left open to the community of Foulness to view and use as a community garden.
The site is a parcel of land surrounded by trees and hedging on its boundary. There is no planning history confirming the historical use of this area although the supporting information suggests that its last use was as allotments…

….It should be made clear that it is the exceptional circumstances at this site relating collectively to the previous allotment use, the unique nature of Foulness Island, the enclosed nature of the site with hedging and the community support towards this venture which makes this proposal acceptable. This should ensure that a precedent would not be set for comparable land to be used as residential garden in general across the Island. This equally would not allow a precedent to be set for other sites throughout the district to undertake similar work which are more likely to be located within the Metropolitan Green Belt and thus to be more stringently controlled anyway…

Essex County Council Conservation Dept. don’t object , even though they have doubts about having some of these items inside a conservation area (CA):

ECC CONSERVATION
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Comments as follows:
o I have no objections in principle to the proposed change of use of the site from allotments to what is basically a “sculpture garden”.
o While this is, in theory a very nice idea, some of the larger features of the garden are considered to have an impact on the character and
appearance of the conservation area.
o The loggia and the canopy of the “Barry the Buddha” recycled pizza oven are not of the standard of structure expected in a CA, are extremely unsightly and would, if seen from the public realm, have an adverse impact on the CA. The “faux Roman ruins”, while not unattractive in themselves, are so out of place in the CA that they would detract from its character.
o I understand that the intention is that the garden will be screened by bushes – “anything visible will be concealed by further growth”. This seems reasonable to me. The site would be much more effective as a
“secret garden”, anyway, with the element of surprise.
o I raise no objections to the application, and consider that the problems of the potentially unsightly appearance of a few of the items of display would be resolved by the use of planting – native species, preferably. I suggest a condition of permission to the effect that a programme of new planting/maintenance of existing be produced by the applicant and agreed with your arboriculturist, to ensure that this happens

You can find the full application here.

Two Rawreth Football Applications

Football

There are two related planning applications at the moment relating to football at Old London Road Rawreth: Click on the red links below to find the details.

Application Number: 13/00727/FUL
Location: Land North Of A129 East Of A130, Old London Road, Rawreth, Essex
Proposal: Change of Use of Land From Agricultural to Use for 8no Football Pitches. Provide Area for Car Parking, Provide Three Storage Containers for Use as Changing Rooms and Toilets. ProvideTwo non-illuminated Signs to Site Entrance.
Applicants’s Name: Academy Soccer
Ron has asked for a site visit for this one.

Application Number 13/00767/ADV (this is an advertisment application)
Location: Land North Of A129 East Of A130, Old London Road, Rawreth, Essex,
Proposal: Provide Two non-illuminated Goal Post Type Signs to Site Entrance
Applicant’s name: Academy Soccer

As usual, Ron and Chris as District Councillors have to keep an open mind in advance of any planning committee meeting.

A Big Consultation Next Year

We understand that if the inspector approves the allocation document, that sometime next year the house builder Countryside Developments will carry out a public consultation on the housing “North of London Road”.

It will involve leaflets to every home in Downhall and Rawreth, Sweyne Park and Grange Wards, exhibitions in 2 or 3 local venues, and a website…

Three Planning Applications…

Before the Council meeting on Thursday night, there was a meeting of the Development Committee.

Three planning applications were considered.

The very small traveller site at The Pear Tree, 750 New Park Road, Hockley was given temporary permission.
The very small traveller site at Land West of The Pumping Station, Watery Lane, Rawreth was refused. Councillors were concerned about highways issues, flood risk and green belt policy.
A proposed car boot sale at Rayleigh Station Car park on Sundays was refused. (although they can still hold one for up to 14 days a year without permission)

A Couple Of New Planning Applications In Whitehouse Ward

There’s a couple of new planning applications in Whitehouse Ward Rayleigh , you can find them (and other new applications) by downloading the weekly list of new planning applications here.

The first one , in Castle Road, converts a gym and a beauty salon into flats:

Application number: 13/00629/COU

Proposal:
Change of Use From Gymnasium and Beauty Salon to 4 no. Two
Bedroomed Flats Incorporating New and Altered Fenestration,
Installation of 2 no. Balconies and Enclosure of Part of Existing
Ground Floor Canopy to Form a Lobby

Applicant:
Land Investments
Rayleigh Ltd

The second one, in Eastwood Road, convert houses into an extension for a childrens nursery:

Application number 13/00650/FUL
Proposal:Change of Use of 42-46 Eastwood Road To Day Care Nursery
With Single Storey Infill Extension And First Floor Covered
Walkway Extension Between nos. 40 and no 42.

Applicant:
Rainbow Day Nursery
40 Eastwood Road
Rayleigh

Estate Agent Wants To Move Into Toys N’ Tuck

There’s a planning application to allow the change of use of the former Toys N’ Tuck Shop in Rayleigh High street into an estate agent. Officers are recommending approval, and unless any councillor calls it in, it will be approved.

You can download the officers report by clicking
here.

Key factors:

- the council has a policy of at least 50 percent retail frontage along here, and the figure is already down to 42 percent
- but the government is now allowing changes of use like this for up to 2 years without planning permission
- also it would create 5 jobs

Any views?

Recent Planning Applications – One Traveller Pitch, Late Night Opening, A Church Conversion And Two Chalet Bungalows

Here are some brief details of a few recent planning applications (no decisions have been made yet):

13/00392/FUL Retention of a one pitch gypsy/traveller site
Land West of pumping station , Watery Lane, Rawreth.

13/00607/FUL Extend opening hours of cafe/restaurant with takeaway facility up to 3 am .
8 Eastwood Road Rayleigh

13/00621/FUL Form accommodation within St Mary’s Church, Foulness

13/00588/FUL Subdivide plots and build a pair of four-bedoomed chalet bungalows.
Rear of 38 and 36 Brooklyn Drive Rayleigh, on land adjacent to
12 Dartmouth Close, Rayleigh.

You can find them all here

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