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Museum Planning Application

We’ve already written about the idea of a Rayleigh Museum, however the Echo has a useful update:

Local historian, founder of Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass and chairman of the Rayleigh Town Museum Working Party, Mike Davies, has found a suitable building for his project.

Mr Davies, Rayleigh citizen of the year, has been searching for years to find a suitable home for his archives of Rayleigh artefacts and now hopes to have found the perfect spot.
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He has submitted a planning application to Rochford District Council for the first floor of 91-93 Rayleigh High Street above Yours clothing shop and now awaits the planning officers’ decision.
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Mr Davies said: “This is the oldest secular building in Rayleigh High Street and is a Grade II listed building within the conservation area.
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“The location and building is ideal for a Town Museum, and the owner has agreed to install a fully accessible passenger lift, before we take possession of the building on a long lease. We have a long way to go, with planning permission required, as well as a need for a Heritage Lottery Grant that we are in the process of applying for, but all the signs are good.”

As usual, Ron and Chris must stay neutral in advance of any planning meeting. The application also includes turning the ground floor into a restaurant or cafe, and you can find it here.

Football Pitches Passed

Football

The application in Old London Road , Rawreth for 8 football pitches for Academy Soccer was passed last night.

The public gallery was almost full with supporters and young players from Academy Soccer – who were all impeccably behaved. The item was first presented by the case officer Mr Michael Stranks, we then had public speaking with Parish Councillor Alistir Matthews (against) , Mr Bird for Academy Soccer (for) and local resident Mr Collins (against).

Ward Councillors Chris Black and Ron Oatham then moved refusal, because of the impact on traffic and on residents, bearing in mind the poor condition of the road, the closeness of the chippings bay and the 11 pitches already there next door, and that Rayleigh Boys and Academy would both most likely want to expand in the future.

When he summed up , Chris Black quoted from the officers report:

The organisers of Rayleigh Boys Soccer have expressed their concern
that a further 100% increase could cause a very serious and potentially
dangerous situation. They have stated that they had seriously underestimated
the amount of traffic they would generate. Academy Soccer is
asking for 130+ parking spaces, therefore generating a huge increase in
traffic.

However, the refusal motion didn’t get much support from other councillors and so the application was passed. Chris did get two extra conditions added – the permission was specifically tied to Academy Soccer, and the car parking spaces were for football use only.

Sports Pitch Application Recommended For Approval

Football

 

The Sports Pitch application from Academy Soccer comes to the District Council Development Committee next Thursday. You can find the agenda here.

The report runs to 32 pages but here are the officer’s conclusions:

6 CONCLUSION
6.1 The proposed use of the site for football pitches is an appropriate use of land
within the Metropolitan Green Belt. The proposed changing rooms would be
appropriate facilities for outdoor sport and recreation in accordance with the
National Planning Policy Framework and local policies for development in the
Metropolitan Green Belt. The ball catch fencing will have an impact on the
openness of the area generally but has to be weighed against the wider
recreational benefits, access to the countryside inherent in the application and
its necessity on highway safety grounds.
6.2 The use proposed would provide sufficient off street car parking and would
not give rise to adverse conditions of highway safety or residential amenity
that would weigh against the merits of the proposal.

 

Officers Recommend : Don’t Allow This Church To Be Demolished

united reform church

There’s a planning application on the latest “Weekly List” to demolish the United Reform Church to be demolished and be replaced by a two-storey garage/ games room for an adjacent dwelling.

The key question here is not whether the building should be kept as a church, because planning permission has already been given to convert it to one residential unit. The key question is whether the building should remain, as part of the Great Wakering Conservation Area.

Officers are recommending refusal of the application because of its ‘positive contribution’ to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

You can find the officers report here.

Makro Apply For Longer Delivery Hours

Makro have put in a planning to allow expended hours for deliveries, allowing the parking of delivery vehicles, and operating approved plant machinery outside the building.

The current permitted hours are :
0730 – 2100 hrs Monday to Friday
0730 – 1900 hrs on Saturday
0900 – 1730 hrs on Sunday

Makro want to alter that to:
0500 – 2200 hrs Monday to Saturday
0700 – 1900 hrs on Sunday

The application number is 14/00365/FUL and you can find it here.

If you have comments , make sure you submit to the council (you can do it via the link). But any thoughts here would also be welcome.

Sports Pitches Application

The application for the sports pitches at Old London Road Rawreth will come to the Development Committee on July 24th.

Trenders Avenue Application Withdrawn

The planning application in Trenders Avenue, Rawreth to “Demolish Existing Commercial Woodworking Workshop and Construct Single Storey Pitched Roofed Building for Use as Commercial Use Class B1″ has now been withdrawn.

Ron Oatham and Chris Black had asked for a site visit, but obviously, now the application has been withdrawn this won’t take place.

116 Homes, A Takeaway, And Lots Of Windows

bellhouse

It was a long meeting for the District Council Development Committee on Thursday evening. There were only 3 items, but a lot of debate! This was the outcome:

Star Lane Brickworks, Great Wakering – 103 houses and 13 flats. This is the kind of application that councillors like in principle – converting a derelict brownfield site into homes. The density was reasonable, and every house met our minimum garden standards. But most councillors were unhappy. Some Councillors , such as Ron Oatham, criticised the architecture, others, such as Jo McPherson , were concerned that there was only 10% affordable housing when our policy is for 35%. The response from officers was that independent assessments had shown that the scheme was only financially viable with a low percentage of affordable housing.

The chair of the meeting, Phil Capon, read the mood of the meeting well, and showing good chairmanship, moved that the application be deferred to allow further discussions, and this was agreed. It shows how difficult it can be to deal properly with large planning applications in one meeting.

215 London Road, Rayleigh – conversion of a shop into a takeaway This item had been called in by Toby Mountain. Joan Mockford moved refusal for aa number of reasons including noise,and nuisance, and it was refused.

Bell House, High Street, Great Wakering – New Windows This is a sheltered housing complex in Great Wakering, just outside the Conservation Area (see the picture above). Sanctuary Housing Association had applied to replace the old rotting wooden windows with pvc ones. Officers had recommended refusal because of the unsuitable appearance next to the Conservation Area. However councillors thought that brown pvc would actually be suitable, and approved the application. The elderly ladies in the public gallery, who had sat there cheerfully all night, went home happy – they are going to get warmer hosues and no drafts…..

Sports Pitches Planning Applications Resubmitted.

The two planning applications from Academy soccer have been resubmitted:

Application :14/00331/ADV
Parish: Rawreth Parish Council
Ward: Downhall And Rawreth
Proposal:
One Non -Illuminated Goal Post Type Sign to Site Entrance
Location:
Land North Of A129 East Of A130 Old London Road Rawreth

Applicant:
Academy Soccer
2 Kingswood Crescent
Rayleigh
Essex
SS6 7BH

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14/00332/FUL
Parish: Rawreth Parish Council
Ward: Downhall And Rawreth
Responsibility:

Proposal: Change of Use of Land From Agricultural to Use for 8 No. Football
Pitches. Provide Area for Car Parking, Provide Four Storage
Containers, Provide Four Storage Containers for Use as Changing
Rooms and Toilets and Construct 6.5m High Ball Catch Fencing to
Boundary of Site With A129 and A130
Location: Land North Of A129 East Of A130 Old London Road Rawreth

Applicant:
Academy Soccer
2 Kingswood Crescent
Rayleigh
Essex
SS6 7BH

You can see the them online and make representations on the district council website

Planning Application in Trenders Avenue, Rawreth

There is a new planning application in Trenders Avenue, Rawreth:

14/00131/FUL
Address Of Proposal: The Barn, Trenders Avenue, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9RG
Proposal: Demolish Existing Commercial Woodworking Workshop and Construct Single Storey Pitched Roofed Building for Use as Commercial Use Class B1 (Business)

To see the application, click here.

Two Controversial Planning Applications….

There are two controversial Rayleigh planning applications on this week’s “yellow list”.  Officers are recommending that one is refused and the other one approved, and this will come into effect for each one unless any Councillor calls it in by  1  pm on  Wednesday.

The one recommended for REFUSAL  is for an extra house in the garden of 89 Down Hall Road (the house with the lake).

Officers are recommending refusal – basically on the grounds that the house is out of keeping with the spacious and uniform street scene of Lakeside, it gives a contrived and awkward relationship with the houses around it, and this sis symptomatic of over-devlopment.

 

The one recommended for APPROVAL is for a take-away in the empty newsagents shop in London Road. 46 residents have objected. However officers are recommending approval , however with a closing time of 10:30 pm instead of 1:00 am which is what the applicants asked for.

 

No links to these yet on the council website…

 

 

A Huge Fishing Lake, A Bungalow Next To An Electricity Sub-Station, Demolishing The London Road Filling Station, And Much More

We don’t normally write about so many planning applications.  But in the latest ‘weekly list’ of planning applications, there’s a wide range of items … including a fishing lake in Hockley, a bungalow on the Corner of Preston Gardens and Hambro Avenue in Rayleigh, and the demolition of the filling station in London Road Rayleigh.

You can download the list here. (193kb)

Unless any councillor calls it in, the officers recommendation comes into effect at 1 pm Wednesday.

Anyway, here are the items. For full information , download them via the link.

app1

This is a 0.6 hectare lake for fishing, recommended for approval.

app2This is recommended for refusal, the reason being:

“The proposal would result in a cramped form of backland/infill development which would appear out of character in the street and amount to overdevelopment of the site. “

 

The report then lists the factors that indicate it is overdevelopment:

“The lack of a satisfactory parking arrangement which would allow all vehicles to satisfactorily manoeuvre within the site, the awkward rear garden arrangement and relationship between the proposed and existing property which would give rise to issues of privacy and the north facing garden which would be subject to overshadowing by the existing large tree, suggests that the proposal cannot be comfortably accommodated within the site and that the proposal amounts to overdevelopment.”

app3This is recommended for approval.

app4

This is recommended for refusal, because if this land was no longer highways land it could prevent any future junction improvements:

“The proposed change of use will result in the loss of highway land and would be contrary to Policies T1 and T2 of Rochford District Councils Core Strategy to the detriment of future capacity improvements at this junction with Rawreth Lane and Chelmsford Road.”

app5

This is another one recommended for refusal, for two reasons – over-development and undersized garden:

 

1 The proposal would fail to provide an adequate side isolation space between the resultant external side wall of the building and the site boundary. The proposal would immediately abut the highway resulting in the loss of space about the building and at two storey would significantly reduce the spaciousness about the junction. The lack of space would prove detrimental to the street scene resulting in a cramped appearance, harmful to visual amenity and uncharacteristic of the locality and representing overdevelopment ….

2. The proposal would fail to provide sufficient private amenity space for the existing dwelling and the proposed dwelling and would not be in accordance with the Local Planning Authority’s adopted standards, of which each garden should have a minimum of 50 square metres…

app6

A previous application was refused, this one is recommended for approval because of the changes that have been made.

app7This is recommended for approval.

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