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Golf Course Application Refused

The Golf Course application near the Chichester in Rawreth was refused tonight. Parish Council Chairman Alistir Matthews began by setting out the parish council’s objections. Chris Black and Ron Oatham then moved refusal on the grounds of:

  • loss of residential amenity during the construction period ( hundreds of thousands of tons of earth being moved there over 2 1/2 years)
  • loss of residential amenity when completed (one example was the position of the 9th hole an d the 9th green)
  • flood risk concerns during the construction period
  • flood risk concerns when completed
  • position of the access onto the A129, especially during the construction period
  • Councillors seemed particularly concerned about the vast quantity of material proposed to be brought to the site, some expressing the view that the application was all about making money from waste, rather than creating a golf course. In the debate we got particular support from John Mason and Michael Hoy, but when it came a vote we got support from nearly everyone , including Toby Mountain, Conservatives and UKIP.

    Hullbridge / Rawreth Planning Application Now In….

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    Another big planning application, part of the District Council’s Core Strategy has now been submitted.You can find more on the council website here. A lot of resident’s comments have already been submitted over the weekend.

    The outline proposal includes:

    “Residential development for 500 dwellings including a proportion of affordable housing, associated open space, landscaping and drainage and infrastructure works”

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    Incidentally, the Council website shows the parish for this application as Hullbridge, but we believe it also includes part of Rawreth, so that Rawreth Parish Council should be consulted as well.

    Airport Solar Farm Application Recommended For Refusal

    The application for a solar ‘farm’ at Southend Airport is being recommended by officers for refusal. Reasons:

  • in the flood risk zone
  • reduces the amount of land available for things like aircraft hangerage
  • more information us needed on the effect on wildlife.
  • Three Applications : A Dance School, Later Hours For Marco’s And A Rawreth Golf Course

    There are three particularly interesting planning applications on today’s “Weekly List”. All of them are recommended for approval, unless any district councillor calls them in by 1 pm next Wednesday. You can download the full list (with detailed officers’ reports) here. (261kb) The start of each of the officer’s reports are shown below (click on them to enlarge)

    DANCE SCHOOL

    MARCOS

    GOLF COURSE

    Solar Farms and Other Enviromental Applications

    As the Echo has reported here, there’s an application in for a big solar “farm” in Canewdon

    A MONSTER solar farm generating enough energy to power 4,125 homes could be built in Canewdon.

    Under plans submitted to Rochford Council, farmers Paul and Mark Woodford would lease the 50-acre stretch of farmland between Fambridge Road and Canewdon Road to solar panel company Solar Assets.

    The deal would be for 25 years, and the solar farm could be generating renewable energy for the area as early as April next year.

    Canewdon Parish Council has already voted overwhelmingly to support the plans for approval ahead of them going before Rochford councillors in January.

    The three-metre-tall panels would be positioned at an angle facing the River Crouch and would have a wildflower meadow around it, with sheep keeping the grass short….

    You can find the application here on the council website here.

    There is also an application for a ‘solar farm’ at Southend Airport – you can find that one here.

    Meanwhile there are also two applications in connection with the creation of the wildlife reserve on Wallasea Island:

    “Continuation of the importation of waste to develop a coastal nature reserve without compliance with condition 2 (compliance with submitted details) attached to permission ref ESS/09/14/ROC to allow modifications to the landform design within Cells 1 and 5, including a net reduction of suitable natural waste material in Cell 1 by approximately 450,000m3.”

    and

    “Continuation of the importation of waste to develop a coastal nature reserve without compliance with conditions 2 (compliance with submitted details); 39 (cessation of operations and restoration by 31 December 2019); and 40 (removal of construction in frastructure) attached to planning permission ref ESS/54/08/ROC to allow importation of suitable natural material and to require cessation of site operations and restoration by 31 Decmeber 2025, together with the inclusion of previously agreed non-material amendments to permission rf ES/54/08/ROC. Condition No 8. Noise monitoring.”

    Looks like the Wallasea project is going to take 6 more years than expected…

    Countryside Amend Their Documents

    We’ve been advised that Countryside have amended some of the documents in their application for “North of London Road”  We’ve not studied it in depth yet, but the amendments include:

    • an extra plan showing the alignment of the estate link road
    • a change in the proposed bus route
    • a revision to the illustrated masterplan , regarding the bus route
    • updated flood risk assessment
    • an addendum to the environmental statement
    • a supplement to the transport assessment

     

    High Street Demolition Application

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    There’s a planning application in to build 2 houses behind the existing old house at no. 4 Rayleigh High Street. It involves demolishing some outbuildings behind the exiting old house, but not the house itself.  Find out more here. The application to demolish the outbuilding is 14/00714/DEMCOM. The application to build the houses is 14/00716/FUL.

    Tescos Withdraws Application For Extended Hours

    As Councillor Toby Mountain explains here Tescos have withdrawn their application for extended opening hours at their London Road , Rayleigh, store.

    Rayleigh Town Council Discusses The 500 Homes Application

    The Echo report is here.

    by Philip Jones

    BATTLE lines have been drawn over plans for 500 new homes west of Rayleigh as councillors insist the town cannot cope with extra traffic.

    Developer Countryside has submitted an outline application to Rochford District Council, but Rayleigh town councillors strongly railed against the plans on the grounds of overdevelopment and a lack of adequate roads.

    The town council argues righthand filter lanes, for access to the site between London Road and Rawreth Lane, simply will not cope with the extra traffic associated with 500 new homes.

    Councillor Chris Lumley said: “In 1777, there was London Road, Rawreth Lane and Downhall Road, more than 200 years later these are still the same basic roads we use.

    “They cannot cope with the current traffic in Rayleigh, adding 500 more homes and their cars, will be a nightmare.”

    Recent roadworks to Beeches Bridge, Hullbridge, have closed Watery Lane and forced villagers to use Rawreth Lane, leading to long delays on that and surrounding roads.

    Councillor Bruce Smart said: “One day there will be an emergency vehicle that will not be able to get where it needs to go because the correct roads have not been put in.”

    Rayleigh Town Council’s planning committee voted, almost without objection, against the outline application and called for a full traffic survey to be carried out to assess the impact of the new homes.

    Residents were allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting, with all of them raising similar concerns over congestion.

    Tim [sic] Cripps said: “Rawreth Lane is just that, a lane, it is not a highway.

    “Putting T-junctions in there, and on London Road, will cause mayhem, to add to the chaos we already have.”

    Chairman of the Rayleigh Action Group, Linda Kendall, of Lubbards Close, is currently waiting to hear the result of her High Court challenge to Rochford District Council, which could stop these homes being build.

    She said: “We have to stop Countryside getting outline planning because once they do, they will just bulldoze everything else through.”

    The outline application will be heard by a meeting of the Rochford District Council development committee on an, as yet, undecided date.

     

    The Cabinet System Should Be Scrapped

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    If anyone is looking at the District Council website to try to find out who initiated the idea to build houses on Brocksford Green – well it’s not easy!

    But the decision seems to have been made by the Council Executive  (the Cabinet) back in December 2012 under “Asset Review”. The officers report was private and confidential , and isn’t shown on the council website. However these are the minutes(click on them to enlarge). We can’t be 100% that this was the decision, without seeking out a copy of the confidential paperwork.

     

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    As you can see, it deals with quite a few sites. Also note that this was a meeting of the cabinet, which at that time consisted on 8 councillors, all selected by Cllr Cutmore, none of them from Rayleigh!  Ordinary ward Councillors are NOT permitted to speak at cabinet meetings ! Which meant that no Rayleigh member could have spoken on this.

    If the ward Councillors had wanted to challenge this decision – well, at that time any 3 councillors could have got together to refer it to Full Council. But none of them did. And by the way, that right of referral has since been taken away by the Conservatives.

    It’s time the Cabinet system was scrapped. It’s undemocratic and expensive. And it’s not even that effective – if there had been an open debate involving all Councillors in 2012, the idea would have been squelched back then, saving council officers much-needed time and money.

    Amenity Space Saved, Wakering Development Squeaks Through……

    At tonight’s meeting of the Development Committee:

    The outline  application for 6 dwellings on the amenity space at Brocksford Avenue was refused by an overwhelming vote of councillors. Refusal was moved by  Ian  Ward and seconded by Heather Glynn. This pleased the public gallery, which was packed with concerned residents.

    The application for 116 dwellings at the old Star Lane Brickworks in Great Wakering was passed – but only just. This is another one of the big sites that has come forward as part of the local plan. Chris Black and Ron Oatham moved refusal, saying that the application was contrary to our core strategy, because extra funding for the local primary school wasn’t being provided. We lost the refusal  11-9. Interestingly , none of the ward councillors supported our refusal. Cllr Mrs Wilkins voted against our refusal , Cllr Hookway was absent and Cllr Seagers declared an interest and quite properly left the chamber.  A motion of approval was then moved and the scheme was passed 14-5

    The District Council applied to itself for planning permission to install a banner in Bradley Way to advertise public events – and the committee refused this , on the grounds of it being a conservation area.

    A New Arts And Crafts Centre In Rayleigh?

    New planning application, just submitted:

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