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September 6th, 2014

An Easier Way To Look At The “North Of London Road” Planning Application



The District Council have now put the “North of London Road” planning application on a special page here. It describes the application and then give links to various documents. This is the text:

Land North of London Road and South of Rawreth Lane and West of Rawreth Industrial Estate –

Outline Planning Application


The Council has received a planning application from Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd  for the development of land to the west of Rayleigh. The exact site to which the proposal relates can be viewed online by following the link to the ‘Location Plan’ under Related Documents below.

The application is outline and consequently the matters to be determined at this stage include the acceptability of the principle of the proposed residential (and other) development including the amount of development proposed and the proposed access points. Detailed aspects of the scheme including the design and layout of the houses are matters which would be dealt with at a later date in a Reserved Matters application, if outline planning permission were to have been granted.

The outline proposal includes;

  • Residential development  including a proportion of affordable housing  
  • Associated open space, landscaping and drainage and infrastructure works
  • Land for a new primary school
  • Land for proposed non-residential  use including any of the following: Use Class A1(Retail), A3(Food and Drink), A4(Drinking Establishments), C2(Residential Institutions), D1a (Health or Medical Centre) or D1b (Crèche, Day Nursery or Day Centre)

The application form, plans and other documentation submitted by the applicant can be viewed as individual items via the individual links below under the Related Documents heading (near the bottom of the page).

You can also ask to view a hardcopy of the full application including all submitted documents and plans at the Council’s reception in South Street, Rochford. The reception is open 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 5:00pm on Friday.

Your views on this application and comments can be sent either in writing (quoting reference 14/00627/OUT) or via the Council’s online planning system, a link for the system is near the bottom of the page.

If you would like to submit your comments online please use the link at the bottom of the page to the Council’s planning system. To find the application you will need to enter the following reference 14/00627/OUT into the application search facility.

The scale of the proposed development is such that the application constitutes major development and will go to a Development Committee for determination. Once a date for consideration of the application at a Development Committee has been finalised, details will be published on the website.


September 5th, 2014

When The Rockets Fell….



The Rochford Community History Archive has a new article listing all the known cases of V2 Rockets hitting our district in World War 2.

Canewdon, Foulness and Rawreth received five hits each, which may seem surprising, but these are three of the largest parishes in area and the rockets were more or less falling at random

September 4th, 2014

Congratulations Christine


Congratulations to Christine Paine for being co-opted last night as a new parish councillor for Rawreth!

September 3rd, 2014

How To Find The “North Of London Road” Application Online

The application for housing “North of London Road” is now online.


You can find it by going to the District Council Website here and then typing in the application number 14/00627/OUT or just “London Road”. Then just click on the link that comes up:


When you get to the application you will see there is a lot of information,. Here’s a few early observations:

1. This is an outline application. That means that most of the details will be decided later in a ‘reserved matters’ application. The only thing to be definitely decided is the road access to the site.

2. The title of the application is as follows:

“Outline Planning Application (with all Matters Reserved apart from Access) for the erection of Residential Development with associated Open Space, Landscaping, Parking, Servicing, Utilities, Footpath and Cycle Links, Drainage and Infrastructure Works, and Primary School. Provision of Non-Residential Floorspace to Part of Site, Uses including any of the following: Use Class A1(Retail), A3(Food and Drink), A4(Drinking Establishments), C2(Residential Institutions), D1a(Health or Medical Centre) or D1b(Crèche, Day Nursery or Day Centre).”

3. There is no date set for the when it will come to committee – probably November or December.

4. Neighbour consultations are supposed to be completed by September 24th.  You can leave comments by clicking on the tab marked ‘plans and comments’ and then following the instructions:




5. To read the planning application itself, click on the tab marked ‘plans and comments’,then click on ‘view associated documents’ and then click on “Redacted – Planning application Form”:


6. The applicants say that the land is within an area at risk of flooding, but say that it will not increase the flood risk elsewhere,

7. Their form indicates that there will be 325 houses to be sold at market value, 140 social rented housing and35 intermediate housing, giving a total of 500.


… and that’s just what’s in the application form, there’s a lot of other stuff to read , including Countryside’s supporting documents….which we will look at in the next few days.




September 2nd, 2014

Excessively Rewarded ?

Southend Labour Councillor Julian Ware Lane criticises the head of the East of England Ambulance trust here, who apparently receives £232,000 plus expenses.

Julian writes:

The story of the last few years has been of a growing pay divide with some Chief Executives like Dr. Marsh receiving salary bumps well in excess of those who work for them. Their pay rises are well in excess of inflation, whilst those that work for them are lucky to see a 1% rise.

September 1st, 2014

Outline Application For “North Of London Road”

Countryside have now submitted an outline planning application for “North of London Road”. It is still being validated by the District Council planners, so we haven’t seen it yet , we’ll provide more info when we get it. But remember that all district councillors, including Chris and Ron, have to stay impartial until the meeting.

At a guess, it might come to the Development Committee in November for a decision.

The District Council have a webpage for “Major Residential Planning Applications”:

We would expect the application to appear on that page soon.

August 31st, 2014

Charity Quiz Night – October 4th

On Saturday the 4th of October Hayley Bloomfield is holding a Fundraising Quiz Night at Rawreth Village Hall. She has told us:

The Quiz is being held to raise money for my friends son, who at the age of 21 has been diagnosed with three brain tumours, and having now undergone two major brain operations and three rounds of unsuccessful chemotherapy there is no available treatment left for him on the NHS so, we are raising money to pay for Reece to receive private treatment, and a drug that could significantly alter his life.

The quiz starts promptly at 7.30pm, teams can have a maximum of 8 members, and the cost per team member is £13 which includes either a fish and chip, or chicken and chip supper from Peggoty’s.

If you would like to support this event and enter a team please email me ( ) and I can forward an entry form to you.

You may have seen or heard about Reece Hawley in the local press, national press, and on ITV’s “This Morning” Reece lives in Basildon, and until he was diagnosed last year was training to be a teacher, he is one of the most humbling young men I know, and I am truly privileged to be part of his fundraising team.

I hope you can join us on the night, it will be a lot of fun, with a very tried and tested Quiz Master.

Kind Regards
Hayley Bloomfield
Clerk to Rawreth Parish Council

Here’s just a little bit about Reece.

Reece was a fit healthy young man, when in May 2013 two weeks after his 20th birthday he had a bleed on the brain. He had surgery after which the surgeon advised us that the bleed was caused by an AVM (Arterial Venous Malformation) which was as he thought. It was removed and as far as he was concerned he had cured Reece. 5 days later we received the pathology report which confirmed high grade aggressive malignant brain tumour.
Reece went on to have the standard treatment of 6 weeks daily radio/chemotherapy followed by 6 cycles of chemo Reece flew through the treatment with hardly any side effects and was doing so well, which was confirmed by his first follow up MRI in October 2013, it showed no enhancement or re-occurrence.

Then suddenly Reece had a few strange symptoms hiccups that lasted 2 days, couple of headaches and then felt really strange one day which led to him being hospitalised. Reece was scanned a week early to when his next scheduled scan was due and unfortunately they found two new tumours had grown just outside of the radiation perimeter.

The three different chemo’s used so far haven’t worked which means all treatments that are available on the NHS have now been tried.

We are now looking to fundraise as much as we can to give Reece more options. These would include consultations with Neuro-Oncologists around the world and other methods of treatment. One type of treatment in particular, Avastin, has been recommended by Reece’s Oncologist. Avastin was, up until last year, available and provided by the NHS but unfortunately funding for this was pulled leaving those in Reece’s position no choice but to fund it themselves at approximately £4,000 per cycle every 2 weeks.

Reece has his whole life stretching ahead of him with so many hopes and dreams to fulfil. He is a gentle, friendly, loving and selfless person that will always put others before himself and we are so proud to have him as part of our family. He has promised his girlfriend of nearly 4 years that he will try anything but the unfortunate thing is that it seems no-one has anything much to offer him to try.

Reece is a real inspiration and has said that if his life had to end now he is really grateful for the 21 years that he has already had. His words were that he feels his upbringing was the best and he had been lucky enough to meet the girl of his dreams. This breaks our hearts and makes us feel so helpless, we would do anything within our power to help him.

We understand that not everyone is in the position to spare money but any help that can be provided, including raising awareness of this predicament that those diagnosed with brain tumours find themselves in, is extremely appreciated.
If you would like any further information regarding Reece’s progress or other fundraising events we have going on at the moment please feel free to contact us at or follow Reece’s journey through his facebook page ‘Reece Tumournater Hawley’

August 30th, 2014

Drainage Update

Laburnum Way

Laburnum Way

The District Council have a page here. The next meeting of the Flood Forum is at at the Civic Suite, Rayleigh, at 4pm on October 1.

Below is what the council are saying about particular sites. In addition we know they are looking at part of Ferndale Road, Rayleigh , and that the Environment Agency have identified a problem in the ditch between Deepdene Avenue and Willow Drive, Rayleigh. Surprising to see no mention of Church Road, Rawreth here….. !

1. Watery Lane
Rochford District Council has been working with Essex County Council to try to find a way to resolve the situation there. There has been some maintenance work on the existing highway drainage system and ditch system. We are now in talks with the landowner about additional drainage works to alleviate the situation. As the work would be on private land, the landowner’s consent is needed.

2. Hedgehope Avenue
Anglian Water have run pipes through a section of open ditch in the area. Information from residents is that this has been successful.

3. Sweyne Park
Rochford District Council is set to go out to tender with a contract for ditch clearance and reconstruction of screens (which work to prevent debris from entering the pipework.)
Subject to contractor availability, this work will commence in the Autumn.

4. Beneath the railway bridge in Spa Road, Hockley
The gullies have been cleared of all blockages and Essex County Council will be ensuring regular maintenance takes place.

5. Beneath the railway bridge in Hall Road, Rochford
There was a problem was one of the gullies, which has now been replaced. The other gullies have been cleared of all blockages.

6. Rectory Road, Hawkwell
This will be put on Essex County Council’s schedule for maintenance

7. Beneath the railway bridge in Church Road, Hockley
The gullies have been cleared of all blockages. Essex County Council has an urgent job planned for high pressure water jetting, in order to remove any blockages. This will be followed up with a CCTV survey.

8. Kingsmead Cottages, Barling
A contractor has been instructed to dig out the ditch, there will be a meeting with landowners and work is due to proceed imminently. The carriageway retaining wall serving the highway culvert will be repaired/replaced after the ditch works have been completed.

9. Salem Walk & Fairmead
Work has been done by Anglian Water to clear ditches and vegetation. Anglian Water, the Environment Agency and the landowner are discussing the requirements for further maintenance of this major storm sewer.

10. Westminster Drive, Hockley

Rochford District Council has cleared out a section of ditch. We can confirm that the remainder of the ditch will be cleared by the relevant landowner now that his crop has come off the field.

11. Riverside Industrial Estate and The Horse & Groom Pub

This site falls under the remit of the Environment Agency and this is being discussed with them.

12. Laburnham Way, Rayleigh
Rochford District Council has made the landowner aware of problems with the ditch and discussions will be continuing.

13. Rochford Reservoir
Work is done on a regular basis to prevent silt building up in the inlet to the reservoir. This will be incorporated with the Sweyne Park contract, with maintenance set to be carried out.

14. Blower Close, Rayleigh
Work being done to clear the grille and reinstate ditches at Turret Open Space, which will alleviate the problems of Blower Close. Residents have been advised and have cleared two road drains which are not part of the adopted road structure, and further investigations are taking place.

15. Windsor Way, Rayleigh
Nothing obvious was found on a visual inspection. Work will be done to clear the gullies. The need for regular maintenance was discussed at the meeting, and Essex County Council will take back the points raised.

16. Trinity Road, Rayleigh
Rochford District Council has brought this site to the attention of Anglian Water, who are going to do a CCTV survey.

17. Fairland Close, Rayleigh
Essex County Council and Anglian Water have been made aware of issues here. Anglian Water will carry out a CCTV survey.

18. Tudor Close, Rayleigh
Essex County Council attended but a car was parked over the gully, they knocked on the door, but were unable to gain access. Essex County Council have been asked about the possibility of forewarning residents prior to visits, which will be taken back and reviewed.

19. Warwick Road/Warwick Close, Rayleigh
The problem seems to be occurring where the new re-surfaced road meets the existing road. Essex County Council are looking into the matter.

20. Rawreth Lane
A collapsed drain is being repaired by Essex County Council.

21. Victoria Avenue
The majority of blocked gullies have been cleared. Anglian Water have indicated there are ongoing investigations regarding the main sewer, in conjunction with Essex Highways.

22. Nr Cornhill Avenue, Hockley
Anglian water will look into a matter where a landowner at present is responsible for a grille/screen which protects one of their pipes. Hockley Parish Council is responsible for the ditch through Marylands Open Space and they are taking steps to ensure that it is clear flowing.

23. Sir Walter Raleigh Close
Anglian Water is due to do some surveying work.

24. Rayleigh Weir underpass and Eastwood Brook
Concerns were raised about the arrangements for pumping water from the underpass when flooded and whether water is pumped into the Eastwood Brook network. Eastwood Brook runs from Rayleigh (Rochford District Council’s area) through Eastwood (Southend Borough Council’s area) and is a major ditch, which for most of its length is the responsibility of the landowners. Rayleigh Weir falls under the remit of Essex County Council.

25. Shakespeare Avenue/Grove Road, Rayleigh
There have been problems with a storm water drain blowing. This is now on the list for Rochford District Council to visit. Anglian Water are also carrying out investigation work.

26. Canterbury Close, Rayleigh; Wyburns Avenue East, Rayleigh; Vernon Avenue, Rayleigh; Kimberley Road, Great Wakering
These will be now reviewed.

27. Pump Stations at Etheldore Avenue and Wood Avenue
Rochford District Council will be contacting the developer of Etheldore estate with a view to meet on site and resolve situation.

August 29th, 2014

Under Attack

Sorry for our brief absence . We’ve had nasty online criminals attacking our website, but things are OK now and we are back…

August 27th, 2014

The District Council’s Annual Report

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The District Council are encouraging people to read their annual report, which you can download by clicking here.

Perhaps the most positive thing this year is recycling – we are back to being the number one district in England.

August 26th, 2014

Register To Vote Online

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You can register online to vote at the website here.

It takes about 5 minutes, you will need your NI number , if you have one.

August 25th, 2014

The Essex Eye

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OnlineFOCUS readers may be interested in a newish website called “Essex Eye”. It has local crime news and crime prevention advice. It’s not altogether clear who’s writing it. The site conveniently collects together information that’s been published elsewhere.

There is almost too much crime data to look at , including links to monthly crime figures for each council ward!

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