New Application At Timber Grove For 83 Dwellings And A Replacement Care Home

There’s a new planning application at Timber Grove, off London Road. You can find it on the district council website here.

Application Reference:16/00899/FUL

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.





Frances Cottee Lodge

The District Council has a responsibility towards homeless people in our area, and for a number of reasons it needs to do better. It costs the council  in the region of £400000 per year – in comparison , we spend £700,000 on street cleansing and £800,000 on parks and open spaces. And that money is spent on putting homeless families into accommodation in Southend which may not be of very good quality….

If a way can be found to put homeless people from our area into accommodation in our area that is cheaper but better quality, then that could be a great success.

So there’s a proposal to put homeless people into Frances Cottee Lodge in Rayleigh, which was built as sheltered housing for the elderly. From what we gather , the elderly people living there have been properly consulted, and from what we’ve seen on social media , generally seem to be OK. The intention is to move them all to other suitable (and actually probably better) accomodation.

However there seems to have been a lack of consultation with residents living nearby, and when people aren’t consulted  they worry about what’s happening.  (This sort of complaint about the Council not consulting residents is something we hear too often!)   The council is now trying to improve the situation by holding drop-in sessions at Rayleigh Methodist Church on Tuesday.

We will write in more depth on this when we have some answers to some of our own questions that we have asked on this issue.






West Rayleigh Flood Alleviation Scheme Consultation

Do you live in West Rayleigh? Have you been flooded in the past or worried about the flood risk to your property? Then come along to the West Rayleigh Flood Alleviation Scheme consultation on 19th October 5pm to 8pm at Sweyne Park School hosted by Essex County Council. It’s your chance to have a say on their proposals to reduce flood risk to YOUR homes and OUR area.


Development Update

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.


Finally Fixed…

About 17 months ago we spotted a cracked cover in the pavement in Downhall Park Way (opposite Canterbury Close). It was quite a serious trip hazard – we reported it to County Highways and they acknowledged receipt on May 4th 2015. (and we chased it later).

County Highways have finally carried out the repair! This is an example of how long it takes to get non-urgent (but necessary) work done….

...where there are views of West Rayleigh and beyond. (The masthead photo of onlinefocus was taken here )

Evening Consultation On October 4th

The District Council has advised interested individuals and organisations today that there will be an evening consultation on the new local plan:

” …..As an individual or organisation registered on the Council’s mailing list, and as part of the early engagement that the Council is actively undertaking to inform the preparation of the new Local Plan, I am writing to invite you to a workshop at Cloister Hall, Rectory Garth, Rayleigh, SS6 8BA on Tuesday 4 October between 7pm and 9pm. The purpose of the workshop is to help explain the role of the Parish Council in plan-making and to discuss the future development of the parish – the workshop will inform, but not set, future planning policy.

For more information on adopted planning policy documents and the new Local Plan, please visit: http://www.rochford.gov.uk/planning/policy.

We hope that you are able to attend the workshop. The event will be limited to a maximum of 50 people (due to venue restraints), therefore we kindly please ask all those who were able to attend the workshop during the day on Tuesday 12 September to allow other residents the opportunity to share their issues and ideas. The structure of the event will be identical to the previous workshop, to reach out to anyone who was unable to attend the daytime workshop. If you have been/are unable to attend either workshop, please note that there will be other opportunities to be involved and to inform the plan-making process in the future. The Council has also produced an Issues & Options survey, which provides residents with an opportunity to make their issues and ideas on the future development of District known to us. The survey is available at www.rochford.gov.uk/cee and in local libraries and Council offices.”

...where there are views of West Rayleigh and beyond. (The masthead photo of onlinefocus was taken here )

“The Text Was Too Small For This Forty-Year-Old’s Eyes”

James Newport writes here about the consultation workshop in Rayleigh, and he isn’t very impressed.

First of all, the presentation was made less effective by hard-to-read text on the PowerPoint displays and hard-to-hear speech fighting against the sound of the air conditioning.

Secondly, the concept of ‘a walk around the parish’ might work if the parish consists of a church, a school , a shop and a few residential roads. It doesn’t work ok for a town of 33000 people. It’s almost as if we are back in the bad old days of a few years ago when some councillors though that “Real Rayleigh” stopped at the railway bridges.