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Flashback To 2011

This was the second page of Ron’s election leaflet four years ago (click to enlarge)….

 

ron leaflet 2011

What’s happened since?

– the council’s proposed traveller site is now at Michelin’s Farm instead of the locations on our sketch map.

– the land “North of London Road” is now allocated for housing. (though it doesn’t have actual planning permission)

– The Council are still talking about relocating the businesses on  Rawreth Industrial Estate to Michelin’s Farm, and building houses there instead. But we really doubt if that’s ever going to happen.

An Appeal In the Autumn ?

Ron Oatham and Chris Black had a lengthy meeting today with RDC officers to discuss the expected appeal from Countryside Developments for “North of London Road”.

The District Council has not yet received the ‘start letter’ that sets the process underway from the council’s point of view. Once the process starts, the council will send out a communication to everyone who commented on the application, telling them that anything they said in their original comments will be forwarded to the inspector, but explaining how and when they can send additional comments direct to the inspector.

It is likely to be a formal inquiry , although it could be an informal hearing. The most likely date for this is in the autumn.

If bodies like Rawreth Parish Council wish to get involved under “rule 6″ they can do so – we were advised that it is very unlikely that they could be hit for for any costs by the inspector.

This is some of what the government Planning Portal says about appeals:

Is there a right of appeal against decisions on planning applications?

If an application for planning permission is refused by the local planning authority, or if it is granted with conditions, an appeal can be made to the Secretary of State against the decision, or the conditions, under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Before making any appeal the applicant should first consider re-engaging with the local planning authority to discuss whether any changes to the proposal would make it more acceptable and likely to gain planning permission. A revised planning application could then be submitted.

Applicants should give consideration to the merits of the case, and whether there are strong grounds to contest the conditions or reasons for refusal of planning permission before submitting an appeal….

Is there an opportunity for interested parties to submit comments or objections regarding a planning application, once at appeal?

There are opportunities for interested parties, such as neighbours, to make comments on the majority of planning appeals. The local planning authority will normally advise interested parties of the appeal start date and the opportunity to make comment.

For appeals determined via written representations and hearings such written representations must be made before the end of the fifth week after the start date of the appeal.

Certain parties have the right to appear at a hearing or inquiry under rule 11 of the Town and Country Planning (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000, rule 11 of the Town and Country Planning Appeals (Determination by Inspectors) (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000 and rule 9 of the Town and Country Planning (Hearings Procedure) (England) Rules 2000. The Inspector may also allow other interested parties to speak at a hearing or inquiry. Interested parties may occasionally want to take a more substantive role in an inquiry by submitting a statement of case. They would then be entitled to appear at the inquiry, call their own witnesses and in turn would be open to cross-examination. Further information can be found in the Planning Inspectorate’s Guide to Rule 6 for interested parties involved at an inquiry, and annex J of the Planning Inspectorate’s Procedural Guide

Countryside Go To Appeal

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Countryside Developments have posted on their own website:

Countryside submits appeal to Planning Inspectorate
27 March 2015

Countryside has this week submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against Rochford District Council’s refusal of the outline planning application for the site west of Rayleigh.

Andrew Carrington, Managing Director of Strategic Land at Countryside said: “The site at Rayleigh has already been allocated for housing and was recommended for approval by planning officers and as such we felt we were left with little option but to appeal the unsubstantiated grounds for refusal, which were not supported by the evidence.”

It is not yet known when the outcome of the appeal can be expected.

Planning Appeals are handled by the Planning Inspectorate, a government body.There doesn’t seem to be anything yet on the Inspectorates website about this, hopefully there will be something soon.
Unlike with planning applications, councillors can be very actively involved with planning appeals, so it looks like there’s a busy time ahead of us.

Countryside are right in one respect – this land has already been allocated for housing (despite our opposition at the time). But that doesn’t mean RDC have to approve every planning application for this site…

And for a company that thinks it’s got all its facts right, it disappointing that their Managing Director doesn’t seem to know that the application is actually in Rawreth, not Rayleigh!

How The Council Sees It….

The plume of smoke at 7 am Tuesday.

The plume of smoke at 7 am Tuesday.

The District Council have a new page on their website about the fire at Michelin’s Farm. Residents can decide for themselves if they are satisfied with what the council say:

1. What stage are we at in the planning enforcement process with Michelins Farm?

While we have a confirmed enforcement notice, action has already been taken against the previous landowner by Rochford District Council and the Environment Agency, resulting in a conviction, fine and imprisonment. The previous landowner was also ordered to pay the court costs of the Environment Agency and Rochford District Council, which have now been received.

2. Has there been joined-up working in this case?

Essex County Council, Rochford District Council and the Environment Agency have been working closely on this matter, hence the successful prosecution, and continue to work together.

3. Does the Council still believe the site to be in breach of planning?

Yes, and given the lack of compliance with the enforcement notice, the Council has been exploring various options. We are continuing to work with Essex County Council and the Environment Agency on this matter.

4. Why did the Council not take direct action to prevent something like this from occurring?

Direct action would require professional expertise in this case due to the contaminated nature of the land. Any such action would have been at a significant cost to the tax payer, and it is unlikely that this could have been recovered. Therefore other options have been considered.

5. Why has Rochford District Council not issued a Compulsory Purchase Order on the site?

After the Court hearing on 11 July 2014, various options were discussed, including Compulsory Purchase. However, as the defendant was imprisoned thereafter, the site ownership had changed and the Council’s Allocations Document was subject to a legal challenge at that time, no firm decisions could be taken at that point. Moreover, the removal of the vast amount of unauthorised items and materials works at this site could involve highly significant costs. Accordingly, the value of the site is not yet known and the Council would need to be cautious in any action concerning a Compulsory Purchase Order with tax payers’ money. This option has not been ruled out though. In the mean-time the Environment Agency and the Council have pursued a successful prosecution of the former site owner for not complying with the enforcement notice.

We will be looking at various options going forward, which will involve working with our partners and seeking to liaise with the new owners of the site.

6. Is the Council aware that the ownership of the site has changed?

Yes, but the enforcement action relates to the land and that being the case, the five directors of the company will be actively pursued as the landowners responsible for complying with the requirements of the enforcement notice.

7. Is the land not potentially too contaminated to be a traveller site?

Only a small portion (1 hectare) of the site is allocated for a 15 pitch travellers’ site, and this will need to be subject to remediation as is the case with any potentially contaminated site before development. In order to establish the levels of contamination there would need to be a survey and assessment by specialist contractors.

8. Has the Council considered taking direct action and then putting a charge against the land to cover the cost?

The concern is that the remediation costs would not have been recoverable resulting in a significant cost to the tax payer. While it is accepted that, in theory, expenses of direct action can be secured by way of a charge on the land, this site remains heavily contaminated and full of waste. The Council would need to establish whether this would exceed the value of the land. There is also the fact that the initial costs outlay would fall directly to the Council with uncertainty as to how much, if any, monies could be recovered.

How The Fire Service Saw It…

The Fire Service’s blow-by-blow account of the Michelins Farm fire can be found on their website here. There are some good photos as well.

Here’s a few extracts:

Firefighters are tackling a large tyre fire near the Fairglen Interchange on the A130. The incident commander reports that a pile of tyres covering an area of 50 metres by 20 metres and stacked two metres high is alight. Crews are using three ground monitors and one main jet to control the blaze.


Update 15:00hrs Wednesday: Three crews continue to work breaking up the pile and tackling the fire. Incident Commander Dave Barritt said: “Work to break the tyres up and extinguish the fire is going well and we hope to scale the operation back considerably this evening.
“The decision to use diggers on the pile early has proven to be a very good one and that early intervention has reduced the amount of time we will have to be here in total. Crews have been working extremely hard at this protracted incident.”


Update 20:44hrs Wednesday: Crews are preparing to leave the scene planning to revisit at midnight as firefighting operations come to a halt. Firefighters have used three stinger monitors (high volume foam monitors) three ground monitors, four main jets, two light portable pumps and two diggers during the 48 hours they have been tackling this major blaze.

We’d like to thank them for all their efforts and hard work…..

The Black Cloud

The Echo reports tonight:

Firefighters are at the scene of a large tyre fire near the Fairglen Interchange on the A130.

A pile of tyres covering an area of 50 metres by 20 metres and stacked two metres high is alight, the incident commander reports.

Two crews from Rayleigh Weir and one crew from Leigh are using three ground monitors and one main jet to control the blaze.

The fire brigade was called to the site at 8.55pm.

Greater Anglia train services between London and Southend Victoria are being cancelled or delayed as a result of the fire.

A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “Due to a fire on property near the railway between Rayleigh and Wickford all lines are blocked.

“Train services between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 mins or revised.

“Owing to thick smoke blowing across the railway from a large fire off the railway between Rayleigh and Wickford the line is currently blocked for safety reasons.”

Passengers can use their tickets on c2c services and replacement buses are being arranged to operate between Wickford and Southend Victoria.

At 10:15 tonight there was a massive black cloud drifting northwards , passing above the A128 near the Carpenters Arms roundabout. Police had closed off the A1245 southwards.

The plume of smoke at 7 am Tuesday.

The plume of smoke at 7 am Tuesday.

UPDATE 7AM TUESDAY from BBC Travel:

fire 3

fire 2

Rawreth Parish Council Meets This Wednesday

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Rawreth Parish Council holds its next meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the Village Hall. As usual, there will be a chance to ask questions and to get a hot drink!

The special item is a presentation by station officer Duncan Lewis Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Volunteers

A View From Hullbridge

The submission from the Hullbridge Residents Association to the planning application on the Hullbridge/ Rawreth borders can now be found on the council website here.

It’s not a brief letter either, not even a long letter, its 46 pages long….

Rawreth Parish Council’s Submission On The SW Hullbridge / NE Rawreth Application

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Access
The junction onto Lower Road is not adequate. Even with a new roundabout it is too
close to Watery Lane and will only add to the traffic congestion further down the road at
the Rawreth Lane junction. If (or rather when) Watery Lane is closed the development
will add to the inevitable gridlock. The possible secondary acess via Maylands Lane is
even worse. The road is a rural road and is really not suitable for volume traffic, the
simple T junction at the end will be dangerous.
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Flood
The developers acknowledge that the site slopes towards Watery Lane. At the moment
fields take up quite a lot of water, yet Watery Lane and surroundings still flood. Building
on fields reduces the capacity of the ground to take up water and will exacerbate the
already bad flood situation. Even with attenuation tanks, balancing ponds etc. this
development will increase the flood risk. The potential impact downstream on Church
Road, London Road does not seem to have been considered
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Infrastructure
Hullbridge is a village with village roads. These were not designed to take volume traffic
and are already subject to severe traffic problems, it takes only a minor incident to
impact on a radius of several miles and adding to the traffic will only make this worse.
The application mentions schools, healthcare etc. and does in fact say that Downhall
Surgery will be able to take some extra patients. It also mentioned dentists and opticians
in Rayleigh. It completely ignores the impact that the North of London Road development
will have on local healthcare, schools etc. Southend Hospital has been on a black alert
several times this winter, it is doubtful if they have the capacity to deal with all the
potential residents of new developments
There are few completely local employment opportunities so most new residents will be
commuting to London/Basildon/Southend/Chelmsford. Despite the lovely words about
walking and cycling most of them are going to drive to work, the station etc. which will
bring them into the already congested Rawreth Lane area, to add to the extra traffic
coming from North of London Road.
Overall it is hard to see how this application can be considered in isolation. Local roads
are already at capacity before a single new house is built anywhere. The residents won’t
be living on the new development in isolation, they will commute, shop, go to school and
will put more pressure on already overstretched facilities.

Countryside’s Response

countryside0From their website:

Following the Development Management committee meeting on Thursday 29th January, Andrew Carrington, Managing Director at Countryside comments: “We are very disappointed and surprised by Rochford Council’s decision to refuse the planning application for the site west of Rayleigh, which goes against the recommendation for approval made by the Council’s planning officers. We will be reviewing our options over the coming days in order to ensure that we can bring forward this allocated housing site for development at the earliest opportunity.”

 

REFUSED 23-10 …. Victory For Now

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The application “North of London Road” was refused tonight by 23 votes to 10.

Chris Black and Ron Oatham moved refusal on the grounds of:

  • inadequate  flood risk assessment
  • highways (particularly lack of guarantees on improving the Hullbridge Road / Rawreth Lane junction
  • objection from Sport England regarding Sports Pitches
  • issues around secondary school places

The Echo had a live blog:

9:18pm

And with that, I shall end the blog.

For the full fallout of tonight’s decision, make sure to pick up a copy of the Echo on Monday.

9:17pm

The public, in their vast numbers, leave the council chamber with a spring in their step.

The application will no doubt be back in front on councillors with amendments, but for now the people of Rayleigh will be breathing a sigh of relief.

9:12pm

Linda Kendall, who has lost around £45,000 fighting this application, takes a bow as the public leave the chamber.

9:11pm

They’ve done it – the proposal is refused!

Twenty-three members voted with Mr Black, ten against.

Rapturous applause from the public.

9:07pm

Linda Kendall calls out from the gallery and sparks further angry jeers from the public.

Mr Capon brings about calm but if the public interrupt again I’m not sure he will be so understanding.

9:04pm

Committee chairman Phil Capon calls time for a vote.

9:03pm

Mr Scrutton again: “The flood risk assessment does not need to assess the Church Road flooding issue.”

Cue despairing laughter from the public.

9:00pm

Shaun Scrutton, head of planning for the council.

He said: “The fact of the matter is that the flood risk assessment meets necessary criteria and members would have trouble to pass a refusal on that ground.”

9:00pm

Sean Scrutton, head of planning for the council.

He said: “The fact of the matter is that the flood risk assessment meets necessary criteria and members would have trouble to pass a refusal on that ground.”

8:56pm

Mr Black sums up.

He said: “If we refuse this tonight and get a better flood risk, better road, more sports pitches then it might come back to the committee again.

“This application here tonight is not acceptable.

“The flood risk assessment does not recognise areas that houses have flooded, how can that be appropriate?

“I object due to a lack of highways planning, the Sport England objection and an inadequate flood risk assessment.”

8:53pm

We’re just going through a few questions from councillors now to clarify aspects.

The public have been very respectful so far and the meeting has gone without interruption.

8:51pm

Jo McPherson, Conservative: “This provision would provide 140 affordable homes, we have a need for 600 from the Rochford District at the minute – that should be known.”

8:49pm

Mr Burton again: “The people fo Rayleigh are intelligent.

“They are not against building, we have already tolerated building.

“If there is a site where building is the only option then I’m sure people would welcome it.”

8:47pm

Neil Hookway, UKIP councillor for Foulness and Great Wakering objects.

Keith Hudson, Conservative and former councillor for planning.

He said: “There are problems and they need to be addressed before development commences.

“One thing no-one has mentioned is that Rawreth Brook is tidelocked so in the event of a deluge, where does that water go?

“That is not for the developer to fund, but it is for the authorities to resolve.

“Partially within their remit is the roundabout in question – that needs to be forward funded.

“The developer has put forward around 25% of the cost.

“The junction is already ridiculous.

“Why would we wait for up to ten years for this roundabout to be sorted when it has already got worse in recent years.

“It needs to be forward funded, build the roundabout, and only then build the houses.”

8:42pm

Heather Glynn (Con), states her support for the plan.

She said: “We have not seen a plan come to us for a long time with so much green open space.”

8:39pm

Keith Gordon, Conservative councillor for Rochford.

He said: “I am amazed at some of the comments being made by some of the councillors here tonight who voted for an application in Rochford that makes this one pale into insignificance.

“I cannot go with what Mr Black states.”

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8:33pm

Michael Hoy (Green): “It is not acceptable to rely on funding from a development in Hullbridge, that has not been before the council yet, to fund the roundabout at Hullbridge Road and Rawreth Lane.

“There is not room to expand at Sweyne Parkand I am worried a provision for education would go into the general pot, and not be spent on our area.”

Jamie Burton, UKIP: “This is a vast amount of land that was once arable green belt and this should not be lost forever.

“I see very little benefit that the plan will bring to Rayleigh.

“It should not be the case that education, traffic and flooding only get funding when a development is planned.

“The west of Rayleigh is not a dumping ground for new homes, traveller sites, golf courses or any other application the council cares to throw at us.

“Those that have officially objected is a significant and powerful group to ignore.”

John Hayter, UKIP leader on the council, also objects.

 

8:28pm

Toby Mountain, former Tory but now a member of Rochford District Residents, takes his turn.

He said: “£250,000 for a roundabout is quite laughable really.

“Also, what will happen to the allocated space for the school if Essex County Council do not need it – will it be turned into housing?

“The application should be refused.”

8:25pm

Chairman of the full council, June Lumley, another Lib Dem, speaks now.

“There will be no places in Rayleigh for the children to attend secondary schools unless either Sweyne Park of FitzWimarc are able to expand.

“Two other proposals will be coming before the council in the future which will also provide children for these schools, they cannot cope.”

8:23pm

Ron Oatham, fellow Lib Dem for Downhall and Rawreth, seconds Mr Black’s movement to object.

8:23pm

The reasons for objection from Mr Black (Lib Dem)

Objection from Sport England

Inadequate highways provision

Inadequate flood risk assessment

8:21pm

Mr Black continues: “The developers modelled flood area does not pick up the Church Road area in Rawreth and these people do and have flooded.

“They are real people that have not been considered.

“The flood risk assessment is unsatisfactory, so we can refuse the plan on flooding.

“Councillor Hudson mentioned to be today that the Rawreth Lane, Hullbridge Road, junction is the second worst junction in the district.

“There is no money for it and county highways will take forever to do anything.

“This should be refused tonight.”

8:17pm

That’s it for public speakers.

Councillor Chris Black, ward councillor for Downhall and Rawreth, goes first for members.

He said: “I was against this land being for housing and is no longer green belt so we cannot refuse it on those grounds.

“I will be moving refusal.

“There are eight different aspects to the plan.

“We are offered a possible site for a possible health centre, which may happen or it may not.

“There are concerns for school places from secondary level.

“I am genuinely fearful of all the screw ups that will happen if this is passed and the open spaces is run by a management company.

“Sport England also thinnk the sports pitch area should be bigger – the pitches are the smallest they can be.

“Sport England want to see adult pitches there, the Sports and Social Club also want a cricket pitch – not for kick arounds but for proper, organised sport.”

 

8:12pm

Mr Mitchell continues: “If approval were to be granted, first occupation would be late in 2016.

“This development accords to the council’s plan and is accompanied by the infrastructure required to support it.”

8:11pm

Ian Mitchell now speaks on behalf of the developer.

He said: “The application site is specifically allocated for residential use in the council’s allocations document.

“We are already within the window to which the allocated housing needs to be built [2015-2021].

“Our scheme goes further than the measures recommended by the Environment Agency.

“The transport impact has been fully considered by the county council and they have no objection to the proposals.”

Residents are now holding up signs saying “Silenced. Democracy UK 2015.”

8:07pm

Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, is up now.

He said: “I wish to oppose this application.

“Having lived in the Rawreth Lane area for 15 years I know the area very well.

“The council have said development is only allowed is the necessary infrastructure is met.

“I believe is has not on two grounds, flood prevention and traffic.

“Flooding is an important and controversial issue.

“This site will create significant run off which will affect the drainage systems beyond the site itself.

“I asked the Environment Agency about Rawreth Brook in 2012.

“It is likely to be many years before work on Rawreth Brook is undertaked.

“The impact of 500 houses and 1,000 cars is obvious.

“The mini-roundabout at Hullbridge Road needs to be upgraded.

“To build a traditional roundabout would require £1million but the developer has only put forward £250,000.

“The plan for homes in Hullbridge offers no guarantee of funding for the upgrade of the roundabout either.

“The money for the junction is not guaranteed or funded.

“The infrastructure has not been provided.

“If the council is to be consistent I would urge them to turn it down.”

8:02pm

Mr Matthews gets a round of applause at the end of his five minutes but the chairman warns the public again.

Deborah Mercer, from Rayleigh Town Council, is next to speak.

She said: “Based on the information provided, the council objects as the proposed road access is inadequate and would have a detrimental effect on our residents.

“Of partiuclar concern is the impact the plan would have on the whole of Rayleigh, the surrounding roads and the people that use them.

“Further access roads, of already congested roads, would cause further congestion and have a detrimental effect of the whole town.

“It is widely known that the congestion the town experiences along these roads, prevents residents and visitors coming into the town.

“The economic stability of the town centre is already considered to be fragile.

“The town council believes that many improvements to the existing highways structure is needed before any development is begun.”

7:56pm

Mr Matthews continues: “Roads are not adequate to take current traffic movements, let alone new developments.

“East-West routes are at capacity, we all know this but it is ignored.

“Future gridlock is inevitable.”

7:55pm

The chairman of Rawreth Parish Council, Alistir Matthews, is now addressing the room.

He said: “We have three main concerns, flooding, access and loss of green belt.

“Rawreth has suffered increasingly from flooding in recent years.

“Smaller scale developments along Rawreth Lane has increased the flow along Rawreth Brook.

“Ditches have been badly maintained despite promises from developers and Anglian Water.

“Our residents below the site have very real concerns about flooding.”

7:52pm

Planning officers suggest the site would be acceptable regarding flood risk.

A sustainable urban drainage system would be put in place, as well as open ditches and storage ponds.

The developer has agreed a contribution of £200,000 to the district council for flood alleviation work in the Rawreth parish.

7:51pm

An extended bus service would be put in place, with two free bus passes given to each residence to encourage use of public transport and to ease congestion.

7:50pm

Submitted transport assessment showed the development would impact on the roundabout with Hullbridge Road, but only a small impact – cue laughter from the public.

7:49pm

Cycle ways, footpaths and woodland would be provided in the allocated green space.

There are three access points to the site, with one each from London Road and Rawreth Lane, and another into the Rawreth industrial estate.

7:48pm

The pitches would be two mini-football pitches, set out to Sport England guidelines, and would be put over to the district council for control.

7:47pm

The decision to build a school on the site would ultimately be taken by Essex County Council, but the developers, Countryside, would have to pay a proportion of the costs.

Alternatively, a financial contribution to educational provision would be needed if the school is not built.

7:46pm

A planning recommenration has been put forward to limit the homes to 500, with an average density of 35 dwelling per hectare.

A neighbouring estate already has a density of 45 per hectare.

7:44pm

The principle of residential dwellings at the site has already been accepted by the council thanks to their Allocations Document, which was voted through last year.

7:43pm

The site is mainly allocated for residential use (up to 500 homes) but there is non-residential use as well.

A day centre/care home/shops or restaurant could be possible.

There is also land allocated for a new school and sports pitches.

7:39pm

The site, north of London Road and south of Rawreth Lane, is currently green belt land and is adjacent to the Rayleigh Town Sports and Social Club.

7:38pm

Here we go, the reason we’re all here tonight is being explained by planning officers.

7:37pm

High profile campaigners against the Rayleigh homes on green belt land are out in force tonight.

Linda Kendall, leader of the Rayleigh Action Group, and Brian Carleton, chairman of the Hullbridge Residents Association, is also here, as is Peter Plummer, chairman of the Rawreth Flood Action Group.

7:35pm

We’re just going through declarations of interests at the minute, I expect this to get a bit lively.

Chairman Phil Capon has already read the rule book to the public, no heckling or jeering or the meeting will be closed to the public.

7:33pm

Good evening and welcome to the Echo’s live blog of the Rochford District Council development committee.

New Planning Application Incoming….!

There’s been a last-minute representation to the District Council, from another developer- telling us that there’s another application coming in on London Road:

From Barton Wilmore on behalf of Silver City Estates who own a 1.35ha parcel of land to the south of the application site within the Policy SER1 land allocation. It is anticipated that a full planning application would be submitted in February 2015 for residential development in the region of 45 to 50 dwellings on this site.

“We support the Countryside scheme in principle, but consider that recommended condition no.  which limits the Countryside site to no more than 500 dwellings is essential. This condition will satisfactorily ensure that other sites that also form part of allocation Policy SER1 (such as our client’s site) are not prejudiced by the Countryside scheme.

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500 HOUSES BETWEEN LONDON ROAD AND RAWRETH LANE

There's lots of information on the District Council website about the planning application "North of London Road ". To see it , just click here.

The Core Strategy

This is the official master document for planning policy in our district! To download it, click here click here. (2.5mb)

Planning Applications…

If you want information on a particular planning application, you can find it on the District Council website here.

If you want to know what new planning applications have been submitted this week, click here.

Reporting A Problem

If you want to report a problem, you can email Lib Dems councillors by clicking here.
There's also an independent website called FixMyStreet. It's very good for reporting minor street problems like holes in the road, grafitti or failed streetlights. You can find FixMyStreet here.

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To find the food hygiene rating for eating places and other businesses in our district , click here.

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“Rayleigh was the birthplace of Britain’s first surviving quintuplets, but that’s just one of its many claims to fame”

When the Olympic Torch came to Rayleigh, Chris Black wrote about the town in the Guardian - read it here

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