If you’ve become interested recently in what the District Council is doing, but never been inside the council chamber, why not come along next Thursday 22nd to a meeting of the Development Committee? You won’t be able to speak, and you might find it boring – but on the other hand you might find it quite interesting .
You can find more information on the meeting here..
The meeting is dealing with planning applications :
13/00367/OUT – 177 Main Road, Hawkwell
To consider an outline application for the demolition of an existing dwelling and re-development of the site, including land to the rear of No. 173 and 175 for one no. four-bedroomed detached two storey dwelling with integral garage and four no. three-bedroomed bungalows with garages and new access. All matters reserved except access, layout and scale.
13/00370/FUL – Site of Former Shellfish Packing Station, South Fambridge
To consider an application for the change of use of the northern building to use for storage ancillary to car repair use, layout car parking, store excavator and storage container with hardstanding.
13/00332/FUL – 36 Main Road, Hockley
To consider an application change of use from A1 (shops) to A5 (hot food takeaway) including installation of extract system/ducting to rear elevation.
13/00344/FUL – 32 High Street, Great Wakering
To consider an application to remove condition no. 2 of planning permission 12/00095/cou (change of use from A1 to A3 (restaurants and cafés)) to allow the selling of hot food to be consumed off the premises.
13/00381/FUL – Land Between Main Road and Rectory Road and Clements Hall Way, Hawkwell
To consider an application to replace a single garage at plots 44 and 45 to layout as approved on 17 December 2012 under application 12/00381/FUL with pitched roofed double garage.
13/00376/FUL – Land Between Main Road and Rectory Road and Clements Hall Way, Hawkwell
To consider a revised application to construct a single storey part pitched roofed part flat roofed sales building and car parking area for period of 24 months.
Four things to bear in mind:
These are serious meetings, so people watching in the public gallery can observe, but not call out.
It’s a rather handsome council chamber.
Unlike just about every other council in the country, all 39 councillors are members of the committee and can speak, move motions and vote.
There is never any political whip, which means that votes can be very close and councillors from the same party may disagree with each other – but councillors from different parties often support each other. Everyone listens carefully to what everyone says – but especially what the ward councillors say.