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Lost Walks Of Rochford

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From the District Council website

 

Help us rediscover lost walks and hidden heritage in rural and coastal Rochford District.

Join us on foot or online and help reveal the stories of Rochford’s changing landscape through a series of public walks.

Walk 1: Barling – Wakering
Wednesday 9 July 2014
10am to 2pm
Meet at All Saints Church, Church Road, Barling
Ends at St Nicholas Church, 2 New Road, Great Wakering

Walk 2: Hullbridge – Hockley – Hullbridge
Wednesday 9 July 2014
4pm to 8pm
Walk starts and ends at the Anchor Riverside Pub, Ferry Road, Hullbridge
Free Public Car Park next to the Anchor Inn

Walk 3: Ashingdon – South Fambridge – Canewdon
Thursday 10 July 2014
10am to 2pm
Meet by Ashingdon Primary Academy, Fambridge Road, Ashingdon
Ends at St Nicholas Church, High Street, Canewdon

Walk 4: Canewdon – Wallasea Island – Paglesham East End
Thursday 10 July 2014
4pm to 8pm
Starts at St Nicholas Church, High Street, Canewdon
Ends at The Plough and Sail Public House, East End, Paglesham

Please further information please phone 01702 318171or email arts@rochford.gov.uk

Share your stories and photos of rural and coastal Rochford on the Facebook page in related links

Follow the walks on Twitter @RochfordWalks

Lost Walks of Rochford is led by artists Ali Pretty and Richard White, working with Rochford District Council Arts Development. Ali and Richard regularly collaborate on creative walking projects described as ‘feet on the ground and digitally connected’. Their walks through Rochford District will be documented and archived using social media, mapping and tracking technology.

 

A Huge Fishing Lake, A Bungalow Next To An Electricity Sub-Station, Demolishing The London Road Filling Station, And Much More

We don’t normally write about so many planning applications.  But in the latest ‘weekly list’ of planning applications, there’s a wide range of items … including a fishing lake in Hockley, a bungalow on the Corner of Preston Gardens and Hambro Avenue in Rayleigh, and the demolition of the filling station in London Road Rayleigh.

You can download the list here. (193kb)

Unless any councillor calls it in, the officers recommendation comes into effect at 1 pm Wednesday.

Anyway, here are the items. For full information , download them via the link.

app1

This is a 0.6 hectare lake for fishing, recommended for approval.

app2This is recommended for refusal, the reason being:

“The proposal would result in a cramped form of backland/infill development which would appear out of character in the street and amount to overdevelopment of the site. “

 

The report then lists the factors that indicate it is overdevelopment:

“The lack of a satisfactory parking arrangement which would allow all vehicles to satisfactorily manoeuvre within the site, the awkward rear garden arrangement and relationship between the proposed and existing property which would give rise to issues of privacy and the north facing garden which would be subject to overshadowing by the existing large tree, suggests that the proposal cannot be comfortably accommodated within the site and that the proposal amounts to overdevelopment.”

app3This is recommended for approval.

app4

This is recommended for refusal, because if this land was no longer highways land it could prevent any future junction improvements:

“The proposed change of use will result in the loss of highway land and would be contrary to Policies T1 and T2 of Rochford District Councils Core Strategy to the detriment of future capacity improvements at this junction with Rawreth Lane and Chelmsford Road.”

app5

This is another one recommended for refusal, for two reasons – over-development and undersized garden:

 

1 The proposal would fail to provide an adequate side isolation space between the resultant external side wall of the building and the site boundary. The proposal would immediately abut the highway resulting in the loss of space about the building and at two storey would significantly reduce the spaciousness about the junction. The lack of space would prove detrimental to the street scene resulting in a cramped appearance, harmful to visual amenity and uncharacteristic of the locality and representing overdevelopment ….

2. The proposal would fail to provide sufficient private amenity space for the existing dwelling and the proposed dwelling and would not be in accordance with the Local Planning Authority’s adopted standards, of which each garden should have a minimum of 50 square metres…

app6

A previous application was refused, this one is recommended for approval because of the changes that have been made.

app7This is recommended for approval.

Police Commisioner Has Public Meeting In Hockley on March 13th

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From Commissioner Nick Alston’s blog:

The next Police and Crime Commissioner public meeting discussing local crime and policing issues, will take place in Hockley on Thursday March 13, 2014.

Nick Alston said: “We’ve had an excellent series of public meetings in all parts of Essex over the last fifteen months, and we’re looking to build on those events. I encourage everyone who lives in Rochford district to come along to our next event and raise the issues that matter to them.
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“We provide the very latest crime figures at the meetings, publishing these on our website too. We also explore the facts and context around any crime trends, with briefings from the local Essex Police District Commander, Chief Inspector Ian Cummings, and the Community Safety Partnership. Everyone attending the meeting can put their questions directly to the police, the community safety team, and to me. I will also ask challenging questions of the police and council, as well as highlighting some of the excellent work that is taking place.
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“If you care about keeping your community as safe as it can possibly be, please come along and get involved.”

The next event is scheduled for:
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Hockley
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Time: 18:00 to 20:00, Thursday March 13, 2014
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Location: Hockley Primary School, Chevening Gardens, Hockley, Rochford SS5 4UR
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A briefing document containing the latest crime figures for the area will be published shortly on the PCC website, and discussed in detail at the meeting.
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Nick Alston adds: “Each meeting will be two hours long. We’d love people to attend all the meeting, but if you can only make part of it, please still come along. I want your views to be part of the debate about how we can best keep the streets and countryside of Essex safe.”

We hope that street lighting gets discussed..

A Big Night Next Tuesday

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There are four big items on the agenda for next Tuesday’s Full Council meeting:

- a motion to keep free parking on Saturday afternoons. This looks like being a very tight vote.
whether or not to finally approve the Allocations Document, which has just been okayed by the government inspector
whether or not to approve the Hockley Area Action plan
setting up of a ‘flood forum’

It would nice to have some people in the public gallery! It’s harder to argue that free car parking or protecting the green belt is important, if absolutely nobody from the public bothers to turn up!

The meeting starts at 7:30 in the Civic Suite, opposite Holy Trinity Church. The public can come along to listen, but can’t speak. (Unless someone has submitted a public question).

Who Are They?

From Anglia News:

Essex Police are appealing for information following a series of 20 thefts from motor vehicles in the Hockley area. They all happened between Sunday, January 5, and Wednesday, January 8, in quite a small area. Officers are releasing CCTV in the hope that someone may recognise the men pictured.

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Sweyne Park Update

We know some residents are unhappy about the state of the bridle path in Sweyne Park.

Here’s a photo before Xmas:

sweyne park before xmas

and here’s a photo this week: (photocredits: Claire Priest Smart)

sweyne park jan 7th

We’re pleased to say that council officers are also concerned – they care about the park too – and want to carry out remedial work when the weather improves. They have told us:

“We are aware of the issues on the bridle path at Sweyne Park, especially the area between Canterbury Close and the school. We will be carrying out reinstatement works to our bridle paths at Sweyne Park, Cherry Orchard and Hockley Woods when the areas have dried out.
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Until the areas have dried out its very hard to say exactly what is required to the areas. We usually top up the bridle paths with a granite dust type material which goes over the top of the larger sub base, and it may be that the path only requires this. If the areas have suffered substantial damage which has caused the sub base to be washed away then we would have to look at replacing the sub base and terram. It would surprise me if we have suffered this much damage as the path that washed away in the 24th August storms at Cherry Orchard (adjacent to the River Roach) still had the terram and sub base in remaining and only required the top redressing. Once the paths have dried out we’ll carry out a proper look and see exactly what work is required and programme it in to be carried out.
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You may also be interested to know we will be carrying out some work to the hedges in Sweyne Park. We will be lowering the hedges (to the height of the old ascot fencing) at the following entrances; the car park, Pooh House, Canterbury Close, Victoria Avenue, Priory Chase/Asda. We will also be reducing the section of hedge from Victoria Avenue to Priory Chase/Asda, if this proves successful we may look to reduce more sections of hedgerow in the future . This work is being carried out to improve visibility along the bridle path, to make it easier to maintain the hedge and to show off the view of the park & Rayleigh when you are walking/cycling/horse riding, along the path.”

Three Planning Applications…

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)

Two Traveller Applications – And Another Meeting On Housing Allocations And Hockley Town Centre.

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
modifications.

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
SER7);
 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.

You Can Return To The Woods

The district council website advises:

Hockley Woods is now open. Thank you for your patience.

BREAKING NEWS : THE INSPECTOR’S INTERIM REPORT

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The planning inspector’s ‘Interim Report ‘ on the Site Allocations  can be downloaded by clicking  here.

We are still looking at it but the key points seem to be:

1) The inspector is satisfied with most of the housing site allocations, but he wants to reduce the housing proposed for Canewdon

2) For each of the housing sites, RDC had proposed that slightly more homes could be built there if there was a shortfall elsewhere, but only up to a possible maximum of 5% extra. The inspector doesn’t want to have any limit on this possible extra housing, which is worrying.

3) The inspector thinks the proposed employment land south of London Road (NEL1), isn’t needed, so that proposal is likely to be scrapped:

In my opinion Policy NEL1 is not deliverable and therefore ineffective and does not comply with national policy. Removing this site from the Plan would, in my view, be sound and the Plan would
be consistent with the Core Strategy in that eventuality.

4) The inspector seems satisfied with the proposal for the traveller and employment site at Michelin’s Farm / Fairglen – he barely mentions it in his report.

5) The inspector wants to make the site for 550 homes “North of London Road” slightly bigger, by extending it 30 metres further to the west. He thinks this would give a more suitable boundary and have the access road inside the site rather than in the Green Belt.

6) The inspector has also written about the Hockley Area Action Plan – click here to download.

Key paragraph:

Policy 6 is not sound and should be revised taking account of the following principles:
Setting a maximum overall additional retail capacity of 3,000 sq m (gross)
Removing reference to food (although this would not preclude an individual proposal from coming forward);
Giving priority to smaller shops or the expansion of existing stores; and
If a proposal for a large single store does come forward it would be expected to
demonstrate that ‘clawback’ of expenditure from other centres would be achieved and to assess the implications for them
. Any such scheme should also show that a development of this size would not harm th overall vitality of Hockley by, for example, marginalising
existing units.

7) He prefers to use a different site in Great Wakering for employment land.

Eldon Way Development Recommended For Refusal

A planning application to demolish 3 warehouse units in the Eldon Way Industrial Estate in Hockley and replace them with 5 retail units and 20 flats is being recommended for refusal by planning officers. Unless any councillor calls it in by 10m Wednesday, it will be refused.

The site is in the Core Strategy for redevelopment, with homes as one of the new uses. However officers are recommending refusal for two reasons.

First of all, overdevelopment – there isn’t enough amenity space included for residents in the proposed flats, and parking is inadequate.

Secondly, the applicant hasn’t provided any information on the site will contribute towards delivering the Hockley Area Action Plan , on matters susch as affordable housing, transport assessment and infrastructure.

The application number is 13/00/351/OUT   You can download  the whole report here. (215 kb)

The Hockley Rescue

The BBC reports

A family had to be rescued from their sinking car after it became trapped in flood water as it was being driven under a railway bridge in Essex.

The Mitsubishi Pajero, driven by Scott Swinford, 30, of Southend, who had three children on board, was hit by the rising waters on Spa Road, Hockley.

“As I put the car into reverse the current of the floodwater just lifted us further in,” Mr Swinford said.

I thought the motion of the wheels would drag us out, but we just started sinking”

Heavy flooding caused major disruption in south Essex throughout Saturday.

Essex Fire and Rescue dealt with more than 300 calls for help as the result of floods.

Mr Swinford was returning from Rayleigh Weir with his eight-year-old son Reece, his niece Jessica, 6, and four-year-old nephew Alfie.

The group was rescued by friends Hannah King and Emma Burles, from Hockley, and three boys who had gone to watch the floods….

Well done to the rescuers! You can see the video on You-tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6WGVGrtCWc

Hat-tip: Graham Osborn

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