Apart from the full Council meeting next Tuesday, there is also a meeting of the Development Committee next Thursday. Three of the items are:
1) Application by Academy Soccer for 8 sports pitches and other facilities in Old London Road Rawreth, next to the A130. This is recommended for approval by officers.
2) Application by David Wilson Homes for their 176- home development in Hawkwell to have a revised Flood Risk Assessment and revised mitigation measures.
To quote from the report:
3.2 Environment Agency:
The original strategy was to provide two discharge points to the north of the
site. Since the original submission, a more detailed survey of the river has
been undertaken and it is now known that the discharge points, as originally
proposed, will not function adequately. The revised proposals do not alter the
scheme from that originally agreed, other than to alter the point of discharge
from the site. The discharge rates, storage volumes and methods for storage
have not been altered. We therefore have no comments to add in that regard.
3.3 However, the proposal is to discharge all surface water to a smaller water
course, which runs along the eastern boundary of the site, rather than to the
water course to the north, as originally proposed. We would advise that this
water course should be checked for its capacity for carrying flows discharged
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from the site to ensure that this water course will not become overloaded and
increase flood risk to the surrounding areas. We recommend that you are
satisfied, through consultation with the developer, that there is capacity within
the water course to carry and store flows from the site, without compromising
the capacity of the system for flows that it may already receive from other
developed areas in the vicinity. We would recommend that the developer
demonstrates to you that there are no known capacity issues with this water
course that result in localised flood risk problems and that the additional flows
to this water course will not increase flood risk to the surrounding area, before
the condition is discharged.
3) Application by David Wilson Homes to waive one of the original planning conditions of their site, to allow 22 homes to be occupied before highways improvements have been completed.
At its last meeting, Rawreth Parish Council agreed to buy a pair of waders for it’s clerk, Hayley Bloomfield. This may seem unusual , but seems very sensible, as Mrs Bloomfield has been very active, walking through waters to help deliver sandbags and to check on conditions. This is very much to her credit.
This may seem a minor matter, but symbolises the flooding problem in parts of Rawreth and the determination of the parish councillors and clerk to try to deal with it. It would be interesting to know if other parishes in the district have provided waders for their clerks.
One of our volunteer helpers who delivers some Focus leaflets for us has had to step down through poor health.
So we could do with another helper – to help in Downhall and Rawreth Ward.
We give people 100-150 leaflets to deliver, every few months. It can be quite fun – you get to look at people’s gardens and talk to their cats…..
We do need helpers, they are very important for us. If you live anywhere in the ward (or even just outside it) and would like to help , please let us know.
We hear there are major flooding problems right now in Watery Lane, Church Road Rawreth, Old London Road and London Road Rawreth
There are two related planning applications at the moment relating to football at Old London Road Rawreth: Click on the red links below to find the details.
Application Number: 13/00727/FUL
Location: Land North Of A129 East Of A130, Old London Road, Rawreth, Essex
Proposal: Change of Use of Land From Agricultural to Use for 8no Football Pitches. Provide Area for Car Parking, Provide Three Storage Containers for Use as Changing Rooms and Toilets. ProvideTwo non-illuminated Signs to Site Entrance.
Applicants’s Name: Academy Soccer
Ron has asked for a site visit for this one.
Application Number 13/00767/ADV (this is an advertisment application)
Location: Land North Of A129 East Of A130, Old London Road, Rawreth, Essex,
Proposal: Provide Two non-illuminated Goal Post Type Signs to Site Entrance
Applicant’s name: Academy Soccer
As usual, Ron and Chris as District Councillors have to keep an open mind in advance of any planning committee meeting.
The Rochford District Community Archive has an article by Karen Bowman on workhouses here
….Prior to the commissioning of the new Rochford Union Workhouse in 1835 the poor could be housed in the Alms Houses built by Lord Robert Rich, Earl of Warwick, in Rochford itself and in two workhouses in Rayleigh. One was sited at Bedloes, opposite Rawreth Hall, while the other stood just outside the Churchyard gates in the High Street and, according to documentary evidence, was repaired in 1772…
In another item there, Bernard de Neumann asks a question:
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Do you know anything about it?
Does any reader remember anything of this site that existed as a derelict wreck after WW2? When I used to go there in about 1948 -1950 there was a metal structure and masses of smashed mirror.
The next Meeting of the Rawreth Parish Council will take place on Wednesday 4th December 2013, at Rawreth Village Hall, Rawreth, at 7.30 pm.
The Christmas meeting is always a very friendly one, but one of the items on the agenda is:
217. VILLAGE REPORT- To receive details of concerns or items worthy of note around the Parish, including a recent increase in Burglaries in and around the Parish
Plus grant requests, the setting of the parish precept for 2014-2015 , and a chance to bend the ears of Parish , District and County Councillors…
Before the Council meeting on Thursday night, there was a meeting of the Development Committee.
Three planning applications were considered.
The very small traveller site at The Pear Tree, 750 New Park Road, Hockley was given temporary permission.
The very small traveller site at Land West of The Pumping Station, Watery Lane, Rawreth was refused. Councillors were concerned about highways issues, flood risk and green belt policy.
A proposed car boot sale at Rayleigh Station Car park on Sundays was refused. (although they can still hold one for up to 14 days a year without permission)
There are two district council meetings next Thursday evening.
The first is a routine Development Committee meeting – the main items on the agenda are two planning applications that , by coincidence, are both for very small traveller sites. One is at The Pear Tree, 750 New Park Road, Hockley, and the other is at Land West of The Pumping Station, Watery Lane, Rawreth.
Officers are recommending that both are given temporary permission until the end of 2018.
The other meeting is an extra meeting of Full Council to deal with the proposed Allocations Document in the Core Strategy and also the proposed Hockley Area Action Plan. It will take place as soon as the first meeting is over.
Basically the Planning Inspector has suggested some changes to the allocations document; this meeting is to agree to lots of changes in wording to comply with his suggestions, and then there will be an eight-week public consultation period. However the consultation won’t be on the whole core strategy, just on the changes that the inspector wants. So the consultation won’t include the principle of 550 houses “North of London Road” or the proposed traveller site at ‘Michelins Farm, because the inspector seems happy with this. But the consultation will include removing the 5% cap on additional housing for each site – because the inspector wants to remove that upper limit! So the council is saying, for example, it is allocating 550 houses North of London Road, but if other sites fall short they would allow a maximum extra 5% here, to increase it to 578 homes. But the inspector doesn’t want an upper limit… Thats’s something that will worry a lot of people…
In a similar way there will be changes in wording to the Hockley Area Action Plan and an 8 week consultation period.
It’s useful to quote parts of the officer’s report.
On the allocations document:
3.3 The Inspector’s initial assessment into the soundness of the Plan was
received by the Council on 18 October 2013 and published on the Council’s
website. A number of observations were made, including to the proposed 5%
cap on housing numbers for residential extensions, Policy NEL3, Policy
SER7, Policy SER1, Policy NEL1 and Policy BFR4; and recommendations to
make the Plan sound and/or legally compliant were suggested by the
Inspector. These recommendations have been integrated into the schedule of
3.4 The schedule of modifications can be divided into main and additional
modifications. Main modifications are defined as those that are required to
satisfy legal or procedural requirements or to make the plan sound, and
additional modifications are those that do not materially affect the policies.
The Council is only required to consult on the main modifications agreed by
the Inspector, which would make the Plan sound and/or legally compliant.
3.5 Proposed main modifications in the schedule include, but are not limited to:-
Making reference to viability testing for brown field land development
(Policy BFR1, 3 and 4);
Removing the 5% cap for residential extensions (Policy SER1-9);
Aligning the western boundary for proposed development to the north of
London Road in Rayleigh with the pylon line (Policy SER1);
Amending the requirements for site access and relocation of the sports
pitch (Policy SER1);
Removing the land to the north of Lark Hill Road and to the west of
Church Lane in Canewdon from the proposed residential allocation (Policy
Reducing the housing numbers to be delivered over the plan period for
Canewdon to 49 (Policy SER7);
Removing proposed employment land to the south of London Road in
Rayleigh (Policy NEL1); and
Moving the proposed relocated employment site for Great Wakering
(Policy NEL3) northwards so that it abuts proposed residential
development at the brick works site (Policy BFR1).
3.6 If accepted by Full Council, it is proposed that the schedule of modifications
will be consulted on for approximately eight weeks (longer than the usual sixweek
period in order to take account of the Christmas period and ensure there
is sufficient time for interested parties to respond). Those who commented at
the pre-submission stage, as well as general and specific consultation bodies,
will be invited to comment on the schedule. This is a formal consultation
stage, which forms part of the examination process.
3.7 Following completion of the consultation, the results will be submitted to the
Inspector who will consider them before preparing his final report…
For Hockley centre:
3.5 Proposed main modifications in the schedule include, but are not limited to:-
Amendments to Policy 6, replacing the criterion that limited a new food store to a maximum of 3,000m² with one that sets a maximum overall additional retail capacity for the centre of 3,000m² (gross);
Additional text to Policy 6 to make clear that the Council will favour the development of smaller retail units in the centre; and
Additional text to Policy 6 setting out the criteria a larger retail store would need to meet in order to be considered acceptable.
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