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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”


    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.

    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)




    Watery Lane Update

    Watery Lane

    Watery Lane

    Ron Oatham went to a meeting last Monday regarding Watery lane. The consultant presented a report which basically put forward nine possible options, none of which significantly reduced the the flood risk enough to attract Flood Defence Grant Aid.
    The option to raise the road by 1.2 Metres was clearly out of the question financially.
    ECC agreed to look at the possibility of a new ditch on the south side of the road and the installation of a pump to route water direct to the River Crouch. This wouldn’t deal with once-in- 30-years events but might help with the less extreme rainfall.
    It was frustrating that some of the bodies involved wanted another body to take a step before they would take a step…

    Still Work To Do On Flooding…

    The brook that goes under Church Road, Rawreth, yesterday. At the time of the picture – just after high water – it was swollen but thankfully not flooding the road.
    brook in rawreth

    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


    Rawreth Flood Issues



    The main theme at tonight’s Rawreth Parish Council Meeting was probably flooding.

    There had been flooding in Church Road since the last meeting – Hayley the parish clerk had been out in her specially purchased parish waders to deliver sandbags . The sandbags had been provided by Rochford District Council, though it was disappointing that nobody from RDC had come to see the flooding, despite a urgent request to do so.

    “Idiot” motorists who had tried to drive through the floodwater came in for some criticism , especially those who caused  additional flooding by the wake of their vehicles.

    Rawreth Flood Action Group have asked if the parish council can give them a grant, and this will be discussed at the next meeting  in December.



    Cheshunt Drive


    The District Council released the following press release yesterday:

    Prevention of Travellers’ site on Greenbelt

    Rochford District Council has successfully negotiated a solution to block travellers moving onto a greenbelt site in Rawreth.

    This comes after the authority’s Legal and Planning Officers attended the High Court on Friday, October 17, in relation to the site off Cheshunt Drive, Rayleigh.

    The council had previously obtained an interim injunction to prevent a residential occupation of the site ahead of the August bank Holiday weekend.

    It was deemed prudent to take this action rather than deal with the aftermath of any Travellers’ site being established, potentially saving the Council hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    A further hearing was not due to be held on October 30, but the parties were able to negotiate an agreeable solution without the need for a full hearing, saving considerable time and money.

    It was agreed that the defendant give a legal undertaking (a consensual promise) to the Court, instead of an injunction, not to:

    1. use the site as gypsy or traveller pitch

    2. erect, build or allow caravans, mobile homes, sheds, structures or storage facilities

    3. introduce hardstanding onto the site

    4. install or connect services to the site

    The Court accepted this undertaking and it is now legally binding.

    The legal effect of the undertaking is the same as an injunction. If the defendant were to breach this undertaking they could be held in Contempt of Court, which is punishable ultimately by imprisonment.

    Rochford District Council’s Portfolio holder for Planning, Councillor Ian Ward, said: “I am delighted that we have negotiated with the landowner to prevent a Traveller’s site from becoming established in this greenbelt location. This agreement is legally binding and is the best possible outcome for this site.

    “Rochford District Council decided to take pre-emptive action in this case, rather than risk a situation where we could have to shell out hundreds of thousands of pounds on an eviction.

    “However, I would also emphasise that the Council is taking steps to provide suitable space for Gypsies and Travellers through our Allocations Plan, which has provision for a lawful site at Michelins Farm which should reduce the potential for illegal encampments elsewhere.”

    Rawreth Parish Council’s Response In Full


    “RE: Planning Application 14/00627/OUT
    Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd
    Land North of London Road, and South of Rawreth Lane and West of Rawreth Industrial
    Estate, Rawreth Lane, Rawreth Essex

    Further to your letter, enclosing a copy of the submitted plans and applications in respect
    of the proposals detailed above, Council have the following comments and observations to make.
    The Council still have very grave concerns about the effect that developing the land will
    have on an area that already suffers from flooding. Whilst Council note that balancing
    ponds, basins and swails have been accounted for, the Parish of Rawreth is very 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 the advice 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 would like to re-emphasise that the Rawreth Brook is influenced by tidal flow
    and this is a major contributory factor to flooding in the Parish.

    The Council would also like to re-emphasise that in addition to water from the immediate
    area draining into Rawreth Brook, water from Bowers Gifford also drains into it via the
    Benfleet Brook, a very significant factor that has been overlooked.

    The Council are concerned that all the technical work is being done upstream of the site,
    but none is planned for downstream, Council believe 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 1⁄4 hours to proceed along Rawreth Lane and into Hullbridge –
    a distance of 1 1⁄2 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

    Council considers access to the site to be inadequate too, the access point is to and
    from Rawreth Lane, a road already over congested. Failure to improve the infrastructure
    at the access point and on surrounding roads will only add to the problems already
    experienced, the overall traffic flow to and from the development means congested
    roads will not improve and existing residents will only be inconvenienced more which
    Council doesn’t consider acceptable. It is assumed by Countryside that most traffic will
    exit via London Road and that is where they will spend money to “improve” traffic flow
    there will be very little improvement to Rawreth Lane, or the Rawreth Lane Hullbridge
    Road junction. There appears to be too much reliance on the Hullbridge Development
    financing any improvement on Rawreth Lane.

    Below is a copy of a traffic survey undertaken by Rawreth Parish Council in 2010, this
    survey is woefully out of date as traffic has increased since it was taken, but it still gives
    an idea of the traffic volumes that use Rawreth Lane and Beeches Road on a daily basis.

    Rawreth Parish Council – Traffic Survey 25th March 2010.
    Location Beeches Road, held between the hours of 7am and 7pm.

    7-9 AM 732 333
    9-11 AM 250 322
    11-12 PM 130 147
    12- 1 PM 131 140
    1-2 PM 128 150
    2-3 PM 118 195
    3-4 PM 120 247
    4-5 PM 131 384
    5-6 PM 171 595
    6-7 PM 111 335
    2022 2848

    The odd statistic from the figures show eastbound traffic is running at about 220 vehicles
    per hour whilst westbound is averaging at only about 170 vehicles per hour . This may
    be because of the congestion on Rawreth lane encourages more cars going east .
    There were considerable numbers of overweight vehicles mainly large transit type with
    double wheels or long wheelbase.

    Rawreth Parish Council – Traffic Survey 25th March 2010.
    Location Rawreth Lane, Recreation car park, held between the hours of 7am and

    Easterly Westerly
    7 – 8am – 460 7 – 8 am – 800
    8 – 9 – 565 8 – 9 – 910
    9 – 10 – 515 9 – 10 – 605
    10 – 11 – 457 10 – 11 – 496
    11 – 12 – 518 11 – 12 – 520
    12 – 1 – 460 12 – 1 – 515
    1 – 2 – 550 1 – 2 – 495
    2 – 3 – 607 2 – 3 – 526
    3-4 740 3 – 4 – 555
    4 – 5 – 821 4 – 5 – 594
    5 – 6 – 801 5 – 6 – 665
    6 – 7pm – 685 6 – 7pm – 536
    Total 7179 7217

    Council also considers the provision for a primary school to be unnecessary given that
    the Parish School of St Nicholas could easily be extended to accommodate any future
    need. Council feel that the space allocated for a school would be better utilised as a
    Doctors surgery as the existing surgeries in the area will not cope with a development of
    this size.

    The Council are extremely concerned that inadequate risk assessments and calculations
    have been undertaken with regards to flooding, and the effect of flooding on the Parish
    and surrounding area that together with the lack of assessment with regards to increased
    traffic movement and flow leaves the Council in no doubt that there will be extreme lack
    of infrastructure to support this development.
    Yours sincerely
    Hayley Bloomfield
    Clerk to Rawreth Parish Council ”

    “Extreme Lack Of Infrastructure”

    Rawreth Parish Council have now submitted their response to RDC regarding the proposed housing “North of London Road” (which is all within Rawreth). Hopefully we can publish their whole letter in a day or two; it concentrates on flooding issues, highways, infrastructure and education.

    The response ends with the words :240px-Rawreth_sign

    …..leaves the council in no doubt that there will be an extreme lack of infrastructure to support this development

    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.


    An Experimental Survey – Where Do Residents Who Live Around Rawreth Lane Go Shopping?

    If you look at the traffic impact assessments from Countryside, they predict that most of the traffic from their 500 dwellings will go via London Road, instead of Rawreth Lane. On this basis they predict that the new homes will only have a tiny impact on the Rawreth Lane / Hullbridge Road junction. In fact they predict only 7 extra vehicles in the morning peak and 8 in the evening peak!

    Obviously, Countryside have to make some assumptions before they can prepare these figures. One of them is about where people in the new homes will shop. They predict that 63% of their shopping will be done at the nearby Asda:

    shoppingWe are wondering just how realistic that 63% figure is. It might give us a clue about how accurate their other assumptions are. So if you live on Rawreth Lane, or on Downhall Park Way, or on one of the many side roads , we’d be interested to know where you go shopping. So, after about 11 years of onlineFOCUS, here’s our first ever survey. We are not sure how well it work , or if anyone will answer, but let’s try it…


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