Crofters Site Set For Refusal

WE wrote recently about the closure of Crofters , and a planning application on the site:

Parish : Rawreth Parish Council
Ward : Downhall And Rawreth
Location : Crofters Beke Hall Chase South Rayleigh
Proposal : Outline Application To Demolish Cattery And Kennel Buildings And Enclosures And Redevelop Site To Provide Two Dwellings

Officers are now recommending it for refusal on the following grounds:

REFUSE
1
The Allocations Plan 2014 retains the site within the Metropolitan
Green Belt. The purposes of Green Belt allocation include the
prevention of unrestricted urban sprawl of large built up areas and to
assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment. It is
considered that the proposal would be in conflict with these two
purposes of Green Belt land, due to the proposed positioning further
south of the two, three bedroomed bungalow dwellings than the
existing development, further encroaching into the Green Belt.
Therefore the proposal is considered to be inappropriate development
upon Green Belt land, negatively impacting upon its open character,
contrary to Policies DM10 of the Development Man
agement Plan, GB1 of the Core Strategy as well as the Green Belt guidance provided within
the NPPF. The proposal would be contrary to Policies DM10 of the
Development Management Plan, GB1 of the Core Strategy as well as
the Green Belt guidance provided within the NPPF.
2
No heritage assessment has been undertaken as to the potential harm
to the setting of the nearby listed building
3
Notwithstanding the submission of an arboricultural assessment, it was
not possible to evaluate the potential harm to the trees on site as there
was no information submitted in respect of layout. Details of layout is a
reserved matter, and the submission of an illustrative plan is insufficient
to enable a proper assessment to be made
4
The proposed development would amount to inappropriate in the
Green Belt contrary to paragraph 89 of the NPPF. It is considered that
the proposed development would not meet the exception criteria, as it
would result in greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt and
the purpose of including land within it.
5
The Rochford District Council Development Management Plan states
that redevelopment of previously developed land in the Green Belt to
residential, retail or other uses which are more appropriately located in
town centres (e.g. office, commercial, leisure and community uses) are
not supported. Residential development should primarily be directed
towards the District’s defined residential settlements; sporadic
development that is poorly related to existing development, services
and facilities can negatively impact upon sustainability. The proposal
would not therefore represent sustainable development.

A Long Night At The Development Committee

The Development Committee meeting went on until 11 pm last night, and we didn’t even deal with the last item. Briefly:

REFUSED BY 13 VOTES TO NIL (Refusal moved by Chris Black, on grounds of loss of residential amenity and potential noise)

PASSED

PASSED

PASSED

REFUSED (Refusal moved by Chris Black on grounds of grazing area being below policy standard)

NOT DISCUSSED DUE TO LACK OF TIME – HELD OVER UNTIL NEXT MEETING

The Loss Of Crofters

We know that many local people will be disappointed at the loss of Crofters Kennels and Rescue Centre, as the Echo reports below. As far as we are aware, this isn’t any part of a council ‘plan’ – the landowner has submitted an application for 2 dwellings, so the council has to process it and decide whether to pass it or refuse it.

 

“A DOG rescue centre is being forced to close its doors and move out of the area after 17 years of helping animals in the community.

Crofters Kennels and Rescue Centre, in Beke Hall Chase, Rayleigh, has been rescuing and rehoming dogs and other animals, as well as offering families a safe and trusted place to leave their pets while they go away.

But the landlords who lease the premises to the centre have now asked Gill Lewis, owner of Crofters, to vacate the buildings so they can be transformed into two homes, according to an application submitted to Rochford District Council.

Mrs Lewis, 54, who has also lived on site with her family for 18 years, said: “It is the end of our lease and we did know this was coming, but it is still very difficult to deal with.

“We were hopeful we might be able to extend the lease but the owners want it back.

“Unfortunately, because we haven’t been able to find other suitable premises, we’re going to have to relocate to Manningtree.

“It will be very sad to leave the community because we’ve been here for so long.

“It has been lovely living here as it is our family home where our kids grew up, making it harder and if we ever find land here we will move back.”

Hundreds of people have taken to the kennel’s Facebook page to wish Gill and her team the best of luck when they move…..”

 

The full article is here.

Development Committee On Thursday

The Development Committee of the District Council meets on Thursday evening at 7:30 . At the moment there are 6 applications on the agenda. You can find all the reports here.https://rochford.cmis.uk.com/rochford/Meetings/tabid/73/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/410/Meeting/4400/Committee/834/SelectedTab/Documents/Default.aspx

The 6 items are:

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.

 

 

 

Caravan Site Application Recommended To Be Rejected – Enforcement Action To Follow

There’s been an application to give planning permission for the unauthorised caravans at the Pumping Station in Watery Lane, Rawreth.

This weekend the planning officers are recommending refusal – it will be refused unless any councillor calls it in by 1 pm on Wednesday.

You can find the officers report on this document, starting on page  31.  These are the reasons for refusal:

watery-lane1This part of the report explains why the applicants would be given 6 months to comply with an enforcement notice:

watery-lane2This part explains why County Highways are opposing the application:

watery-lane3

 

 

 

 

A Couple Of Close Votes

At the Development Committee tonight, both applications were passed 7-5.

The Folly Lane, Hockley , application was particularly contentious, as the Core Strategy indicated 50 dwellings for the site but 75 were proposed. Approval was moved by Heather Glynn, seconded ny Terry Cutmore and passed 7-5. The 5 who voted against were Christine Mason, John Mason, Chris Black , John Hayter and Mike Carter.

The London Hill, Rayleigh, application for three 5-bedroomed houses prompted a finely-balanced debate. It just about met with our policies, although the council’s conservation adviser recommended refusal on grounds of bulk and scale, and it was borderline on the car parking policy. Chris Black moved refusal on grounds of bulk, the motion was seconded by Heather Glynn but failed 7-5. Christine Mason, John Mason and Johhn Hayter also voted for refusal