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A Warning From Cambridgeshire

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This is an example of how developers often get their way.From the Guardian today:

“A company owned by a major Conservative donor is embroiled in an acrimonious battle over its plan to build 1,500 homes in a new town near Cambridge without fulfilling the minimum room sizes wanted by the council.

Gallagher Estates, which is owned by the property developer Tony Gallagher, who is also a member of the Tory party’s Leader’s Group for major donors, is in dispute with local councillors over a development being supported by £30m of public money.

The developer was originally granted planning permission to build 1,500 homes at Northstowe, eight miles north-west of the university city – with the council insisting on “minimum room sizes and minimum gross internal floor areas”. But Gallagher Estates appealed successfully in March to the Planning Inspectorate, part of central government, to have that requirement removed, bypassing the Tory-majority council after officials missed a deadline to address the issue.

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Tim Wotherspoon, South Cambridgeshire district council’s Conservative cabinet member with responsibility for the Northstowe development, said he felt “very strongly” about the move by Gallagher Estates to eliminate the need for adhering to minimum room sizes and that locals were “sore about it”.

Officials said they believed that they were in a dialogue with the developers about room sizes, before Gallagher Estates went over their head to the inspectorate.

Commenting on developers seeking to build homes smaller than the recommendations, Wotherspoon said: “I feel that it is quite appalling that, in the 21st century, we should put up houses where, in some cases, the kitchens aren’t big enough to store fresh vegetables and where you can’t have the whole family sitting down to have a meal together or the children can’t have friends over to sleep over because the bedrooms are too small.”

Full article here.

 

 

Those Bits Of Paper Stuck On Lamp-Posts

No, not election posters , but planning notices.

The City Of Sound has an article – and a video – about them here.


The primary interface between the UK’s planning system and the people and places it serves is a piece of A4 paper tied to a lamppost in the rain. OK, not always rain. But rain often enough.
The paper is a public notice describing a planning application for some kind of ‘development’ somewhere in the vicinity. If it’s a significant development, and very close to your property, you may also get a notification in the post. However, this bit of A4 paper, via the local council, is essentially the only attempt to communicate how a neighbourhood may be about to change.

Hat-tip: Jonathan Calder

An Uneasy Committee Meeting!

Last week’s Development Committee wasn’t as dramatic as the meeting last month, where the “North of London Road” application was refused. In fact at one stage it was very dull. But there were a lot of twists and turns, and a bit of bad feeling. Cllr Toby Mountain writes a report on it here.

In brief:
Tesco Car Parking application – approved
Tiny cafe in Hockley Woods – refused (even though it was an application by the council!)
Conversion of an outbuilding in Rayleigh Town Centre into a house – approved
Retrospective application to remove mechanical wheel cleansing equipment from the big site in Hawkwell – refused.

A View From Hullbridge

The submission from the Hullbridge Residents Association to the planning application on the Hullbridge/ Rawreth borders can now be found on the council website here.

It’s not a brief letter either, not even a long letter, its 46 pages long….

Application For 37 Dwellings In Hawkwell

New planning application just in:

15/00075/FUL
Parish: Hawkwell Parish Council
Ward Hawkwell West
Responsibility:Committee /Weekly List
Proposal: Demolish Existing Buildings and redevelop to Provide 37 Dwellings With Associated Parking, Modified Site Access,
pumping station, open space and landscaping.
Location: 90 Main Road Hawkwell

Perhaps one of the Hawkwell Councillors could give us some context on this?

4 Planning Applications

The agenda is out for next Thursday’s Development Control meeting.

You can find it here.

There are four applications shown, all 4 are recommended for approval.

1. For five extra parking spaces outside Tesco in London Road, Rayleigh
2. An application from the District Council itself for a very small cafe facility at Hockley Woods.
3. Conversion of an outbuilding at 4 Rayleigh High Street into a one-bedroomed dwelling.
4. Amending the planning condition regarding mechanical wheel-cleaning of lorries at the large David Wilson Homes housing development in Hawkwell.

Rawreth Parish Council’s Submission On The SW Hullbridge / NE Rawreth Application

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Access
The junction onto Lower Road is not adequate. Even with a new roundabout it is too
close to Watery Lane and will only add to the traffic congestion further down the road at
the Rawreth Lane junction. If (or rather when) Watery Lane is closed the development
will add to the inevitable gridlock. The possible secondary acess via Maylands Lane is
even worse. The road is a rural road and is really not suitable for volume traffic, the
simple T junction at the end will be dangerous.
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Flood
The developers acknowledge that the site slopes towards Watery Lane. At the moment
fields take up quite a lot of water, yet Watery Lane and surroundings still flood. Building
on fields reduces the capacity of the ground to take up water and will exacerbate the
already bad flood situation. Even with attenuation tanks, balancing ponds etc. this
development will increase the flood risk. The potential impact downstream on Church
Road, London Road does not seem to have been considered
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Infrastructure
Hullbridge is a village with village roads. These were not designed to take volume traffic
and are already subject to severe traffic problems, it takes only a minor incident to
impact on a radius of several miles and adding to the traffic will only make this worse.
The application mentions schools, healthcare etc. and does in fact say that Downhall
Surgery will be able to take some extra patients. It also mentioned dentists and opticians
in Rayleigh. It completely ignores the impact that the North of London Road development
will have on local healthcare, schools etc. Southend Hospital has been on a black alert
several times this winter, it is doubtful if they have the capacity to deal with all the
potential residents of new developments
There are few completely local employment opportunities so most new residents will be
commuting to London/Basildon/Southend/Chelmsford. Despite the lovely words about
walking and cycling most of them are going to drive to work, the station etc. which will
bring them into the already congested Rawreth Lane area, to add to the extra traffic
coming from North of London Road.
Overall it is hard to see how this application can be considered in isolation. Local roads
are already at capacity before a single new house is built anywhere. The residents won’t
be living on the new development in isolation, they will commute, shop, go to school and
will put more pressure on already overstretched facilities.

Countryside’s Response

countryside0From their website:

Following the Development Management committee meeting on Thursday 29th January, Andrew Carrington, Managing Director at Countryside comments: “We are very disappointed and surprised by Rochford Council’s decision to refuse the planning application for the site west of Rayleigh, which goes against the recommendation for approval made by the Council’s planning officers. We will be reviewing our options over the coming days in order to ensure that we can bring forward this allocated housing site for development at the earliest opportunity.”

 

REFUSED 23-10 …. Victory For Now

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The application “North of London Road” was refused tonight by 23 votes to 10.

Chris Black and Ron Oatham moved refusal on the grounds of:

  • inadequate  flood risk assessment
  • highways (particularly lack of guarantees on improving the Hullbridge Road / Rawreth Lane junction
  • objection from Sport England regarding Sports Pitches
  • issues around secondary school places

The Echo had a live blog:

9:18pm

And with that, I shall end the blog.

For the full fallout of tonight’s decision, make sure to pick up a copy of the Echo on Monday.

9:17pm

The public, in their vast numbers, leave the council chamber with a spring in their step.

The application will no doubt be back in front on councillors with amendments, but for now the people of Rayleigh will be breathing a sigh of relief.

9:12pm

Linda Kendall, who has lost around £45,000 fighting this application, takes a bow as the public leave the chamber.

9:11pm

They’ve done it – the proposal is refused!

Twenty-three members voted with Mr Black, ten against.

Rapturous applause from the public.

9:07pm

Linda Kendall calls out from the gallery and sparks further angry jeers from the public.

Mr Capon brings about calm but if the public interrupt again I’m not sure he will be so understanding.

9:04pm

Committee chairman Phil Capon calls time for a vote.

9:03pm

Mr Scrutton again: “The flood risk assessment does not need to assess the Church Road flooding issue.”

Cue despairing laughter from the public.

9:00pm

Shaun Scrutton, head of planning for the council.

He said: “The fact of the matter is that the flood risk assessment meets necessary criteria and members would have trouble to pass a refusal on that ground.”

9:00pm

Sean Scrutton, head of planning for the council.

He said: “The fact of the matter is that the flood risk assessment meets necessary criteria and members would have trouble to pass a refusal on that ground.”

8:56pm

Mr Black sums up.

He said: “If we refuse this tonight and get a better flood risk, better road, more sports pitches then it might come back to the committee again.

“This application here tonight is not acceptable.

“The flood risk assessment does not recognise areas that houses have flooded, how can that be appropriate?

“I object due to a lack of highways planning, the Sport England objection and an inadequate flood risk assessment.”

8:53pm

We’re just going through a few questions from councillors now to clarify aspects.

The public have been very respectful so far and the meeting has gone without interruption.

8:51pm

Jo McPherson, Conservative: “This provision would provide 140 affordable homes, we have a need for 600 from the Rochford District at the minute – that should be known.”

8:49pm

Mr Burton again: “The people fo Rayleigh are intelligent.

“They are not against building, we have already tolerated building.

“If there is a site where building is the only option then I’m sure people would welcome it.”

8:47pm

Neil Hookway, UKIP councillor for Foulness and Great Wakering objects.

Keith Hudson, Conservative and former councillor for planning.

He said: “There are problems and they need to be addressed before development commences.

“One thing no-one has mentioned is that Rawreth Brook is tidelocked so in the event of a deluge, where does that water go?

“That is not for the developer to fund, but it is for the authorities to resolve.

“Partially within their remit is the roundabout in question – that needs to be forward funded.

“The developer has put forward around 25% of the cost.

“The junction is already ridiculous.

“Why would we wait for up to ten years for this roundabout to be sorted when it has already got worse in recent years.

“It needs to be forward funded, build the roundabout, and only then build the houses.”

8:42pm

Heather Glynn (Con), states her support for the plan.

She said: “We have not seen a plan come to us for a long time with so much green open space.”

8:39pm

Keith Gordon, Conservative councillor for Rochford.

He said: “I am amazed at some of the comments being made by some of the councillors here tonight who voted for an application in Rochford that makes this one pale into insignificance.

“I cannot go with what Mr Black states.”

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8:33pm

Michael Hoy (Green): “It is not acceptable to rely on funding from a development in Hullbridge, that has not been before the council yet, to fund the roundabout at Hullbridge Road and Rawreth Lane.

“There is not room to expand at Sweyne Parkand I am worried a provision for education would go into the general pot, and not be spent on our area.”

Jamie Burton, UKIP: “This is a vast amount of land that was once arable green belt and this should not be lost forever.

“I see very little benefit that the plan will bring to Rayleigh.

“It should not be the case that education, traffic and flooding only get funding when a development is planned.

“The west of Rayleigh is not a dumping ground for new homes, traveller sites, golf courses or any other application the council cares to throw at us.

“Those that have officially objected is a significant and powerful group to ignore.”

John Hayter, UKIP leader on the council, also objects.

 

8:28pm

Toby Mountain, former Tory but now a member of Rochford District Residents, takes his turn.

He said: “£250,000 for a roundabout is quite laughable really.

“Also, what will happen to the allocated space for the school if Essex County Council do not need it – will it be turned into housing?

“The application should be refused.”

8:25pm

Chairman of the full council, June Lumley, another Lib Dem, speaks now.

“There will be no places in Rayleigh for the children to attend secondary schools unless either Sweyne Park of FitzWimarc are able to expand.

“Two other proposals will be coming before the council in the future which will also provide children for these schools, they cannot cope.”

8:23pm

Ron Oatham, fellow Lib Dem for Downhall and Rawreth, seconds Mr Black’s movement to object.

8:23pm

The reasons for objection from Mr Black (Lib Dem)

Objection from Sport England

Inadequate highways provision

Inadequate flood risk assessment

8:21pm

Mr Black continues: “The developers modelled flood area does not pick up the Church Road area in Rawreth and these people do and have flooded.

“They are real people that have not been considered.

“The flood risk assessment is unsatisfactory, so we can refuse the plan on flooding.

“Councillor Hudson mentioned to be today that the Rawreth Lane, Hullbridge Road, junction is the second worst junction in the district.

“There is no money for it and county highways will take forever to do anything.

“This should be refused tonight.”

8:17pm

That’s it for public speakers.

Councillor Chris Black, ward councillor for Downhall and Rawreth, goes first for members.

He said: “I was against this land being for housing and is no longer green belt so we cannot refuse it on those grounds.

“I will be moving refusal.

“There are eight different aspects to the plan.

“We are offered a possible site for a possible health centre, which may happen or it may not.

“There are concerns for school places from secondary level.

“I am genuinely fearful of all the screw ups that will happen if this is passed and the open spaces is run by a management company.

“Sport England also thinnk the sports pitch area should be bigger – the pitches are the smallest they can be.

“Sport England want to see adult pitches there, the Sports and Social Club also want a cricket pitch – not for kick arounds but for proper, organised sport.”

 

8:12pm

Mr Mitchell continues: “If approval were to be granted, first occupation would be late in 2016.

“This development accords to the council’s plan and is accompanied by the infrastructure required to support it.”

8:11pm

Ian Mitchell now speaks on behalf of the developer.

He said: “The application site is specifically allocated for residential use in the council’s allocations document.

“We are already within the window to which the allocated housing needs to be built [2015-2021].

“Our scheme goes further than the measures recommended by the Environment Agency.

“The transport impact has been fully considered by the county council and they have no objection to the proposals.”

Residents are now holding up signs saying “Silenced. Democracy UK 2015.”

8:07pm

Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, is up now.

He said: “I wish to oppose this application.

“Having lived in the Rawreth Lane area for 15 years I know the area very well.

“The council have said development is only allowed is the necessary infrastructure is met.

“I believe is has not on two grounds, flood prevention and traffic.

“Flooding is an important and controversial issue.

“This site will create significant run off which will affect the drainage systems beyond the site itself.

“I asked the Environment Agency about Rawreth Brook in 2012.

“It is likely to be many years before work on Rawreth Brook is undertaked.

“The impact of 500 houses and 1,000 cars is obvious.

“The mini-roundabout at Hullbridge Road needs to be upgraded.

“To build a traditional roundabout would require £1million but the developer has only put forward £250,000.

“The plan for homes in Hullbridge offers no guarantee of funding for the upgrade of the roundabout either.

“The money for the junction is not guaranteed or funded.

“The infrastructure has not been provided.

“If the council is to be consistent I would urge them to turn it down.”

8:02pm

Mr Matthews gets a round of applause at the end of his five minutes but the chairman warns the public again.

Deborah Mercer, from Rayleigh Town Council, is next to speak.

She said: “Based on the information provided, the council objects as the proposed road access is inadequate and would have a detrimental effect on our residents.

“Of partiuclar concern is the impact the plan would have on the whole of Rayleigh, the surrounding roads and the people that use them.

“Further access roads, of already congested roads, would cause further congestion and have a detrimental effect of the whole town.

“It is widely known that the congestion the town experiences along these roads, prevents residents and visitors coming into the town.

“The economic stability of the town centre is already considered to be fragile.

“The town council believes that many improvements to the existing highways structure is needed before any development is begun.”

7:56pm

Mr Matthews continues: “Roads are not adequate to take current traffic movements, let alone new developments.

“East-West routes are at capacity, we all know this but it is ignored.

“Future gridlock is inevitable.”

7:55pm

The chairman of Rawreth Parish Council, Alistir Matthews, is now addressing the room.

He said: “We have three main concerns, flooding, access and loss of green belt.

“Rawreth has suffered increasingly from flooding in recent years.

“Smaller scale developments along Rawreth Lane has increased the flow along Rawreth Brook.

“Ditches have been badly maintained despite promises from developers and Anglian Water.

“Our residents below the site have very real concerns about flooding.”

7:52pm

Planning officers suggest the site would be acceptable regarding flood risk.

A sustainable urban drainage system would be put in place, as well as open ditches and storage ponds.

The developer has agreed a contribution of £200,000 to the district council for flood alleviation work in the Rawreth parish.

7:51pm

An extended bus service would be put in place, with two free bus passes given to each residence to encourage use of public transport and to ease congestion.

7:50pm

Submitted transport assessment showed the development would impact on the roundabout with Hullbridge Road, but only a small impact – cue laughter from the public.

7:49pm

Cycle ways, footpaths and woodland would be provided in the allocated green space.

There are three access points to the site, with one each from London Road and Rawreth Lane, and another into the Rawreth industrial estate.

7:48pm

The pitches would be two mini-football pitches, set out to Sport England guidelines, and would be put over to the district council for control.

7:47pm

The decision to build a school on the site would ultimately be taken by Essex County Council, but the developers, Countryside, would have to pay a proportion of the costs.

Alternatively, a financial contribution to educational provision would be needed if the school is not built.

7:46pm

A planning recommenration has been put forward to limit the homes to 500, with an average density of 35 dwelling per hectare.

A neighbouring estate already has a density of 45 per hectare.

7:44pm

The principle of residential dwellings at the site has already been accepted by the council thanks to their Allocations Document, which was voted through last year.

7:43pm

The site is mainly allocated for residential use (up to 500 homes) but there is non-residential use as well.

A day centre/care home/shops or restaurant could be possible.

There is also land allocated for a new school and sports pitches.

7:39pm

The site, north of London Road and south of Rawreth Lane, is currently green belt land and is adjacent to the Rayleigh Town Sports and Social Club.

7:38pm

Here we go, the reason we’re all here tonight is being explained by planning officers.

7:37pm

High profile campaigners against the Rayleigh homes on green belt land are out in force tonight.

Linda Kendall, leader of the Rayleigh Action Group, and Brian Carleton, chairman of the Hullbridge Residents Association, is also here, as is Peter Plummer, chairman of the Rawreth Flood Action Group.

7:35pm

We’re just going through declarations of interests at the minute, I expect this to get a bit lively.

Chairman Phil Capon has already read the rule book to the public, no heckling or jeering or the meeting will be closed to the public.

7:33pm

Good evening and welcome to the Echo’s live blog of the Rochford District Council development committee.

New Planning Application Incoming….!

There’s been a last-minute representation to the District Council, from another developer- telling us that there’s another application coming in on London Road:

From Barton Wilmore on behalf of Silver City Estates who own a 1.35ha parcel of land to the south of the application site within the Policy SER1 land allocation. It is anticipated that a full planning application would be submitted in February 2015 for residential development in the region of 45 to 50 dwellings on this site.

“We support the Countryside scheme in principle, but consider that recommended condition no.  which limits the Countryside site to no more than 500 dwellings is essential. This condition will satisfactorily ensure that other sites that also form part of allocation Policy SER1 (such as our client’s site) are not prejudiced by the Countryside scheme.

Officers Recommend Approval On “Land North of London Road”

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The officers report on the big planning application “North of London Road” is now on the council website. You can download it by clicking here.

Officers are recommending approval, with a lot of conditions attached.We will put more details below sometime this evening, Please leave any comments or thoughts or questions below, this will be the main comments thread until after the meeting.

Here’s some  points from the report . We are highlighting highways stuff in red  , drainage and flooding in  blue  (apologies if we leave out something significant, please mention it in a comment):
Page 1 , paragraph 4.2 sets out what is up for discussion here: The principle of having housing on this site, the amount of housing, the principle of having other uses such as shops, restaurants, pubs, health facilities, care home, day nursery
Page 2, paragraph 2.4 – the council’s allocation plan already allocates 500 houses to this site. That was the key decision by the council in Feb 2014 so it’s very hard to argue now that there shouldn’t be housing on this site at all. It’s no longer Green Belt.
The Echo live-blogged the meeting in 2014 and you can read what they wrote here.The Council minutes are here.  Note that the Lib Dems, Greens and Rochford Residents present at the meeting all voted against.

Page 3, paragraph 4.1 . Rawreth Parish Council have written at great length to object, and their objections seem to be printed in full. Their key paragraphs:
“The Council still has very grave concerns about the effect that developing the land will have on an area that already suffers from flooding. Whilst Council notes that balancing ponds, basins and swales have been accounted for, the Parish of Rawreth is unique in that it suffers from fluvial, tidal and surface water flooding and the Council does not feel that adequate notice has been taken of these factors and the correct information gathered and analysed. The Parish has suffered from the “one in a hundred years” event three times within eighteen months, however thadvice given to the developer from the Environment Agency asks them to work on the one in a hundred years scenario only; this is proven to be ineffective, vast areas of the Parish are cut off for days when these events happen, properties flood, roads are impassable and lives are devastated through loss and fear of it happening again.”
The Council is concerned that all the technical work is being done upstream of the site, but none is planned for downstream, Council believes this is because it is assumed there is no adverse effect downstream which is totally unacceptable and incorrect.
The Council also considers that the roads and infrastructure in the Rawreth area are completely inadequate to accommodate this proposed development as they are already full to capacity. The A127, A1245, A129 London Road, Rawreth Lane and Watery Lane just cannot take any more traffic and the proposed development will increase traffic to a completely unsustainable level. On numerous occasions this year and last year incidents within and on the outskirts of the Parish have brought traffic to a standstill for hours along London Road, Rawreth Lane, Watery Lane/Beeches Road and the Hullbridge Road. It took some residents 1 ¼ hours to proceed along Rawreth Lane and into Hullbridge – a distance of 1 ½ miles. We strongly recommend that an independent Traffic Survey and assessment should be done before any approval of this scheme. Without a long term solution to existing transport needs then this and any new developments are unsustainable.”
Page 6 , paragraph 4.2 Rayleigh Town Council writes more briefly to object. This seems to be their full objection:
After discussions Cllr E Dray proposed and Cllr J Burton seconded that the Town Council objects to this application. All Members agreed.
Based on the information provided to this Planning Committee the Town Council objects to this outline application due to over- development of the site and inadequate road access. Improvements should be made before construction takes place to the junctions of Hambro Hill, Rawreth Lane and Hullbridge Road and London Road and Downhall Road. The Town Council recommends that a traffic management survey is carried out between Essex County Council Highways and Rochford District Council to include the suggested bus route and the implementation of mini roundabouts at junctions
Page 6 , paragraph 4.3 . Mark Francois MP has written at length, particularly about flooding, highways and medical facilities.

Page 23, paragraph 4.10 County Council write about a deficit of school places. The only pre-school and only Day Nursery within walking distance are both full. They may want to expand existing primary school(s) alternatively they may want a new primary school on the site. They also forecast a deficit in secondary school places in Rayleigh by 2018-2019.

Page 41 , paragraph 4.27 – Six Hundred and Fifty-Nine letter of objection have been received from the public. The objections are summarised in the next 14 pages of the report!

Page 55, paragraph 5.1 onwards – here the officer looks at the planning issues, in terms of the council’s planning policies.
Page 57, paragraph 5.12 . Key paragraph on infrastructure from the officer – she concludes that the application would deliver the required infrastructure:

Policy H2 and Policy SER1 prescribe the infrastructure requirements which must be delivered in order to ensure that the new residential development is comprehensively planned; these areas follows:

• New primary school
• Local highway capacity and infrastructure improvements;
• Public transport infrastructure improvements and service enhancements, including a link between Rawreth Lane and London Road;
• Link and enhancements to local pedestrian/cycling and bridleway network;
• Link to green grid greenway no.13;
• Public park land to provide a buffer between the built environment and the A1245;
• Youth and community facilities;
• Play space; and
• Sustainable drainage system
The proposal would deliver all of the identified infrastructure improvements, as discussed in detail under the sections below, save for a link to green grid greenway no. 13
Page 62, paragraph 5.39 – density of housing. The proposed density is 33 dwellings per hectare, less than in Laburnum Way (which is 45 dwellings per hectare)

Page 85 – OFFICERS RECOMMEND APPROVAL, SUBJECT TO LOTS OF CONDITIONS.

That the application be APPROVED, subject to the completion of a LEGAL AGREEMENT under Section 106 of the Act for the heads of terms set out below and subject to the heads of CONDITIONS as set out below ,subject to any reasonable changes the Head of Planning and Transportation shall deem fit: –
1) The option of transfer of the education land at the site to Essex County Council (ECC) and a pro rata financial contribution towards provision of a new primary school with early years and childcare provision on-site or a proportionate financial contribution towards expansion of existing primary, early years and childcare provision .A financial contributiontowards secondary provision. A total estimated education contribution of approximately £5.1 million.
2) Prior to 50th occupation, a contribution of £250,000 (Two hundred an fifty thousand pounds) for highway infrastructure improvement at the Rawreth Lane/Hullbridge Road/Hambro Hill junction.
3) Payment of a £3000 Travel Plan Monitoring fee to ECC relating to the residential Travel Plan.
4) Provision and implementation of a Residential Travel Information Pack for every household
5) Provision of an extended bus service linking the development with Rayleigh railway station.
6) Bus service along the link road with the service to operate betwee0700 and 21 00 Monday to Friday with a minimum frequency of every 30 minutes and hourly on a Saturday and Sunday between 0900 and 1800 for a period of 5 years. Fallback requirement for financial contribution to ECC in the event that reasonable endeavours cannot secure provision of the service for use in the provision of a bus service.
7) Provision of 12 month season tickets for bus travel to all eligible occupiers of the development (maximum of2 per household).
8) A minimum of 35 per cent affordable housing shall be provided in each phase (Reserved Matters application site area) to a mix of 80 per cent affordable rent and 2 0 per cent intermediate housing subject to delivery triggers, appropriate location of units within the site, appropriate dwelling type/size, nomination rights and other relevant matters.
9) Youth facilities provision (subject to costs cap of £140,000) and financial contribution for maintenance to be offered for transfer to RDC. In the event tha RDC declines the transfer, facilities to be maintained in perpetuity by a management company.
10) Land for provision of sports pitches to be offered for transfer to RDC ( if to be transferred to RDC, to be laid out by the developer to Sport England standards to a specification to be agreed by the LPA , including any necessary fencing/planting and provision of a footpath link from the new pitches to Rayleigh Sports and Social Club) . In the event RDC does not accept the transfer – a requirement to lay the land out for informal recreation and be incorporated into the open space maintenance scheme.
11) Allotment land to be offered for transfer (with the necessary infrastructure for a water supply to the boundary, fencing around the boundaries and vehicular access to the boundary which shall provide route to connect to the adopted highway) to Rawreth Parish Council wit h a commuted sum for laying out . In the event that Rawreth Parish Council declines the land transfer the land would revert to public open green
space and be incorporated into the open space maintenance scheme.

12) Monies of £200,000 set aside for contribution towards any flood mitigation scheme associated with flood alleviation of the Rawreth Brook in the Parish of Rawreth to be paid to RDC in the event that a scheme is finalised and approved/agreed by the EA.
Monies to be made available as follows; 50 per cent prior to 10th
occupation and 50 per cent prior to the 150 th occupation unless a scheme is agreed for
implementation earlier in which case the monies can be called on at an
earlier time.

13) Provision of a Sustainable Urban Drainage system in accordance with
details agreed by the relevant planning condition. Maintenance of
the system by a management company, statutory water undertaker or the
County Council (should the County Council become an approved body)
in perpetuity to be undertaken in accordance with a maintenance
schedule to be submitted and agreed by the Local Planning Authority.

14) Marketing of health care site for provision of health care services for a period of 2 years following commencement of development at the site.Payment of a financial contribution
of £164,581.82) for capital projectsassociated with delivery of primary health care services in the vicinity of the sitein the event that the health care land at the site is not
developed to provide a facility which incorporates primary publically
available GP services within 4 years following commencement of development at the site.
15) A site of 0.38ha to the north east corner to be marketed for various non residential uses such as for retail, crèche/nursery, health purposes, for a period of 2 years from occupation of the first dwelling at the site. Further applications/approvals would be required for any such uses.
16) Provision of public open green space in accordance with the requirements of the relevant
planning conditions and maintenance of these areas and any play equipment within these areas by a management company.

Page 88 another important condition; putting on a 500-home limit  The residentially developable area, as shown on the approved Parameters Plan , shall accommodate no more than 500 dwellings in total.

Page 89 – Important Highways works to be provided along London Road :

8. Prior to the 50 th occupation at the site, the following highway works along the London Road Corridor shall have been completed entirely at the developer’s expense:
– a. Signalising and associated works of Dow Hall Road/London Road Junction,
b. Improved road markings and associated works at the London Hill /Lopndon Hill priority junction,
c. Signal upgrade at Victoria Avenue/ London junction to include but not limited to the provision of MOVA, associated enabling works and signal head upgrade.
9.Prior to the 50 th occupation details shall be submitted to and agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority for improvement of the existing public footpath number 23 up to its boundary with the St Nicholas Primary School. Once agreed ,the works shall be completed, as agreed and prior to first occupation.
10 Prior to the first occupation at the site, the priority junction with ghost right turn lane on Rawreth Lane shall be provided with a clear to ground visibility splay with dimensions of 4.5 metres by 180 metres to the east and west…
11.Prior to occupation of the 150th dwelling at the site or 5 years from the commencement of development, the priority junction with ghost right turn lane on London Road shall be provided…
Page 97 – lengthy conditions about surface water drainage systems.

 

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Football

Back in 2010 Rayleigh Boys Youth Football Club got planning permission for 8 sports pitches in Old London Road Rawreth. When they got permission , there was a condition that the pitches could only be used on Sundays, and on 8 Saturdays per year. The club are now applying to change that to all day Saturdays and Sundays and 17:00 to 20:00 Mondays to Fridays.

The application number is 14/00900/FUL and you can find it here.

When they got permission last time, there were strong local objections on the grounds of noise and nuisance (plus some other issues), and there could well be local objections to this great increase in hours proposed. As always District Councillors are not allowed to make their minds up in advance of a planning meeting.

It’s worth mentioning that the club wrote a lengthy letter to Rawreth Parish Council before they submitted their application, explaining what they were going to do. That courtesy was much appreciated, and will certainly help maintain good communications between the club and the parish council (whatever view the parish council take towards the application).

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