Chris Black and Chris Stanley wrote recently about the proposal for a waste site at Dollymans Farm , on the Rawreth – Basildon border. This isn’t a council idea, but has been supported by a government inspector . We wrote that:
She was concerned about a likely lack of capacity for disposing of construction waste from about 2026 -2032.
Just to clarify, this doesn’t mean that nothing could happen until 2016. It could start in the next year or so if the idea is accepted.
So if you are concerned, please object – giving good solid reasons against it. You can object online by visiting the County Council website here.
Back in November we wrote about surprise plans for a new waste site on part of Dollymans Farm, on the Rawreth / Basildon border.
Tomorrow a 6 week consultation begins on the proposal – and we will give more details about the consultation process tomorrow night.
This evening local councillors were given a presentation by County officers, and were able to ask questions and highlight issues of concern.
The basic situation is like this:
- Essex County Council and Southend have to prepare a new plan for waste disposal up to 2032.
- They prepared a plan last year with 18 sites allocated for waste disposal. They looked at some other sites – such as Dollymans Farm- but decided not to include them.
- The plan was then examined by a government inspector. She was concerned about a likely lack of capacity for disposing of construction waste from about 2026 -2032.
- The landowners made representations as to why they thought part of their land should be used for the disposal of inert material from construction sites.
- The inspector agreed that the site should be included and that the plan was unsound without it
- One of the reasons for including it is that there is an unfilled hollow left when earth was removed for building the A130.
- The land wouldn’t be raised above its previous level.
- The total quantity would be about 500,000 tonnes – equal to 14 20-tonne lorries per day for 5 years,
- Access would be from the A129 (with a road southwards through the farm to the site)
- A 6 week consultation period starts tomorrow (on this change and other changes) .
- Local councils, organisations and people can put forward evidence that they think the inspector didn’t have and might change her mind, or make suggestions for planning conditions.
- If the plan goes through, there will still need to be a planning application , that will be decided by the county council.
We asked lots of questions and raised important points – concerns about flooding (at the moment this hollow is valued as somewhere flood water might collect), dust, noise and traffic. One important matter to consider is what route the trucks should be allowed to make to go to the site. Another is phasing – if the problem for disposal is from 2026, should the site be phased to start then and no earlier?
We’ll add an update here on the consultation tomorrow night.
UPDATE: You can take part in the consultation by going to the County Council website at http://www.essex.gov.uk/Environment%20Planning/Planning/Minerals-Waste-Planning-Team/Planning-Policy/Pages/Replacement-Waste-Local-Plan.aspx
Rawreth Parish Council meets tomorrow tonight in the Village Hall at 7:30 .
Nothing sensational on the agenda, but a chance for some genuine debate, local residents to raise local issues and for everyone to have a hot drink !
We didn’t see this one coming…
Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council as have been working jointly over a number of years to prepare a Replacement Waste Local Plan.
The draft Replacement Waste Local Plan was submitted to the Government for independent examination by a Planning Inspector. We have been advised that the Planning Inspector has requested that some modifications be made to the Plan in order for it to be found sound and therefore suitable for adoption. One of the inspector’s changes is for the proposed allocation of a new site – located at Dollyman’s Farm, on the border of Rochford and Basildon – for the purposes of the inert waste disposal needs of the Plan area.
This proposal is NOT for a new civic amenity site to replace the one in Castle Road, Rayleigh. It is for the landfill of inert materials.
Some of our immediate thoughts on this were :-
- How much extra traffic?
- What is the impact on drainage and has there been a flood risk assessment?
- Whatever happened to recycling?
- Who will manage the site and for how many years?
The ward councillors for Downhall and Rawreth – – Chris Black, Ron Oatham and Chris Stanley have a meeting in Basildon early in the new year to discuss this with County Council officers and our counterparts on Basildon Borough Council . James Newport has asked whether he and the other ward councillors for Sweyne Park and Grange ward can go as well.
We will keep you informed!
There’s a new planning application at Timber Grove, off London Road. You can find it on the district council website here.
Address Of Proposal:Timber Grove, London Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9DT
Proposal:Demolition of existing care home and all other buildings, erection of 83 dwellings comprising 5no. two bed houses, 25no. three bed houses, 16no. fourbed houses, 3no. five bed houses, 19no. one bed flats (including 4no. ‘FOG’ units) and 15no. two bed flats, construction of replacement part single andpart two storey 13 bedroom care home, associated parking and landscaping, stopping-up of existing access, and improvement of existing access ontoLondon Road.
We’ve been asked to alert people in the Rawreth Lane area – reportedly there were a couple of burglaries around there last night. However these were NOT burglaries of people’s homes , but of other types of premises. So if you have a business – or help manage some kind of community building – in the Rawreth / West Rayleigh area maybe it’s probably worth being extra careful…
There’s been an application to give planning permission for the unauthorised caravans at the Pumping Station in Watery Lane, Rawreth.
This weekend the planning officers are recommending refusal – it will be refused unless any councillor calls it in by 1 pm on Wednesday.
You can find the officers report on this document, starting on page 31. These are the reasons for refusal:
This part of the report explains why the applicants would be given 6 months to comply with an enforcement notice:
This part explains why County Highways are opposing the application:
We have a Focus leaflet for West Rayleigh and Rawreth at the printers ,so we’ll be starting deliveries at the weekend (with the aid of our wonderful helpers).
If anyone else wants to lend us a hand, please let us know…
As regular readers will know, the Liberal Democrat councillors OPPOSED the principle of development of any of the green fields between London Road , Rawreth Lane and the A1245 . We were concerned about many things – including the extra traffic , increased risk of flooding in Rawreth , and insufficient health, education and leisure facilities.
However after some bitter battles in the council chamber, we lost the vote, and development is slowly but surely going ahead at that site and elsewhere. This is an update:
Countryside Developments have got ‘outline’ permission on their big site between London Road and Rawreth Lane. This means that they WILL be able to build. The details of the house design, etc.will still have to be agreed in a further “detailed” application, but there’s no sign of it yet.
An application for 44 dwellings was passed this month September near the BP garage on London Road (without Lib Dem support)
There is going to be a third application for about 80 dwellings on London Road near the Timber Grove care home (which is likely to be rebuilt as part of the application).
There is also of course a big scheme in South West Hullbridge, near the border with Rawreth parish. This has also been passed. It will lead eventually to an improved roundabout at the Hullbridge Road / Rawreth Lane junction. But nothing seems likely to happen with the Hullbridge site in the next few months.
The planning application for 47 new dwellings near Marks and Spencers along London Road was passed last night- without Lib Dem support. The location is where a house called “Grange Villa” used to be.
James Newport writes about it it here.
There will be an extraordinary meeting of Rawreth Parish Council on Weds September 28th. Main item to discuss is a request from the Rawreth Flood Action Group for a grant to assist them in getting a sequential test report in respect of flooding in the parish.
In anyone is wondering, the unauthorised Traveller caravan site on the A1245 near Rawreth Lane IS unauthorised and does not have planning permission.
Though for one or two reasons the planning enforcement system hasn’t had its full effect yet.
Before buying any land anywhere it’s always worth checking whether it has valid planning permission.