April 19th, 2010 |
DON’T BUILD ON THOSE GREEN FIELDS. Lib Dems are opposing it – and now you can too.
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We’ve been pretty successful in opposing the District Council’s original idea of 1800 -2000 more houses in Rayleigh – that number is now cut to 770. But things still aren’t OK yet.
The council plans to build 220 homes where Rawreth Industrial Estate is, and create new employment land elsewhere. That seems reasonable. But they also plan 550 homes on land “North of London Road”, which means somewhere between London Road, Rawreth Lane, and the old A130. We are very concerned that once builders encroach on any of that farmland, they won’t stop until it’s all built on.
The council has now published some detailed proposals for West Rayleigh/Rawreth, including 5 possible sites for the 550 houses, different possible sites to replace the Industrial Estate, and 2 possible sites in this area for travellers. We’ve prepared the sketch map to try to explain things.
Using the Rawreth Industrial Estate for housing is probably OK if the businesses there are treated properly.
The green fields between London Road and Rawreth Lane should be left alone. NO houses, NO employment land, NO traveller sites there!
The previously used land on the A1245 is a better choice for housing (see the top of the map).
A good place for a new industrial site is at the junction of the A1245 and the A127 (bottom left corner of the map).
For the travellers, there are some very small sites spread across the district that could be used instead if necessary.
Residents have the legal right to object – but it’s been difficult to do so, because the council’s website is tricky to use. However we have now got the agreement of the council that you can object by email . But time is very limited – objections have to be in by April 30th.
If you can, please send the council your comments:
either on the district council website at http://rochford.jdi-consult.net/ldf/
or email the council at email@example.com (include your name and address)
Do this before April 30th !
The council’s housing options are labelled NLR1 to NLR5. If you wish, you could say that you object to options NLR1, NLR2, NLR3, NLR4 and NLR5 because they will:
cause an unnecessary loss of agricultural land,
will increase traffic,
will create an green belt boundary that can’t be defended in future
and encourage a merging between Rayleigh and Rawreth.
You can also object to the traveller sites and the employment land.
The traveller options for this land are all for small-scale sites – options GT1, GT2, and GT3 .