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.

The Future Of Fairglen

As the Echo reports here,  the County Council has plans to improve the important Fairglen junction , where the A127 meets the A130. However they haven’t announced exactly what plans they have – they will be making an announcement to coincide with some consultation sessions.

The County Council website explains this a little further:

Options for short and long term schemes to safeguard and provide capacity to this junction until 2045 will be presented at two public information events in February.
These events are set to happen on:
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 between 1pm to 8pm at the Holiday Inn Basildon (Lakeside Suite – Waterfront Walk, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3DG)
Thursday, 16 February 2017 between 1pm-8pm at The King John School (Main Theatre – Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1RQ)
Funding has been secured for the majority of the short-term scheme, which is programmed to be open by 2022.
Funding for the development of the long-term scheme will be sought through bids to Central Government as well as financial support from Essex County Council and development sites along the A127 corridor.

This could be very important for all the people who drive through this junction every day.

That Waste Site Could Be Here A Lot Sooner than 2026

Chris Black and Chris Stanley wrote recently about the proposal for a waste site at Dollymans Farm , on the Rawreth – Basildon border. This isn’t a council idea, but has been supported by a government inspector . We wrote that:

She was concerned about a likely lack of capacity for disposing of construction waste from about 2026 -2032.

Just to clarify, this doesn’t mean that nothing could happen until 2016. It could start in the next year or so if the idea is accepted.

So if you are concerned, please object – giving good solid reasons against it. You can object online by visiting the County Council website here.

More On The Dollymans Farm Waste Proposal (UPDATED)

Back in November we wrote about surprise plans for a new waste site on part of Dollymans Farm, on the Rawreth / Basildon border.

Tomorrow a 6 week consultation begins on the proposal – and we will give more details about the consultation process tomorrow night.

This evening local councillors  were given a presentation by County officers, and were able to ask questions and highlight issues of concern.

The basic situation is like this:

  • Essex County Council and Southend have to prepare a new plan for waste disposal up to 2032.
  • They prepared a plan  last year with 18 sites allocated for waste disposal. They looked at some other sites – such as Dollymans Farm- but decided not to include them.
  • The plan was then examined by a government inspector. She was concerned about a likely lack of capacity for disposing of construction waste from about 2026 -2032.
  • The landowners made representations as to why they thought part of their land should be used for the disposal of inert material from construction sites.
  • The inspector agreed that the site should be included and that the plan was unsound without it
  • One of the reasons for including it is that there is an unfilled hollow left when earth was removed for building the A130.
  • The land wouldn’t be raised above its previous level.
  • The total quantity would be about 500,000 tonnes – equal to 14 20-tonne lorries per day for 5 years,
  • Access would be from the A129 (with a road southwards through the farm to the site)
  • A 6 week consultation period starts tomorrow (on this change and other changes) .
  • Local councils, organisations and people can put forward evidence that they think the inspector didn’t have and might change her mind, or make suggestions for planning conditions.
  • If the plan goes through, there will still need to be a planning application , that will be decided by the county council.

We asked lots of questions and raised important points – concerns about flooding (at the moment this hollow is valued as somewhere flood water might collect), dust, noise and traffic. One important matter to consider is what route the trucks should be allowed to make to go to the site. Another is phasing – if the problem for disposal is from 2026, should the site be phased to start then and no earlier?

We’ll add an update here on the consultation tomorrow night.

 

UPDATE: You can take part in the consultation by going to the County Council website at http://www.essex.gov.uk/Environment%20Planning/Planning/Minerals-Waste-Planning-Team/Planning-Policy/Pages/Replacement-Waste-Local-Plan.aspx

Waste Site For Rawreth / Basildon Border?

We didn’t see this one coming…

Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council as have been working jointly over a number of years to prepare a Replacement Waste Local Plan.

The draft Replacement Waste Local Plan was submitted to the Government for independent examination by a Planning Inspector. We have been advised that the Planning Inspector has requested that some modifications be made to the Plan in order for it to be found sound and therefore suitable for adoption. One of the inspector’s changes is for the proposed allocation of a new site  – located at Dollyman’s Farm, on the border of Rochford and Basildon – for the purposes of the inert waste disposal needs of the Plan area.

This proposal is NOT for a new civic amenity site to replace the one in Castle Road, Rayleigh. It is for the landfill of inert materials.

Some of our immediate thoughts on this were :-

  • How much extra traffic?
  • What is the impact on drainage and has there been a flood risk assessment?
  • Whatever happened to recycling?
  • Who will manage the site and for how many years?

The ward councillors for Downhall and Rawreth – – Chris Black, Ron Oatham and Chris Stanley have a meeting in Basildon early in the new year to discuss this with County Council officers and our counterparts on Basildon Borough Council . James Newport has asked whether he and the other ward councillors for Sweyne Park and Grange ward can go as well.

We will keep you informed!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Business Owners Beware

We’ve been asked to alert people in the Rawreth Lane area – reportedly there were a couple of burglaries around there last night. However these were NOT burglaries of people’s homes , but of other types of premises. So if you have a business – or help manage some kind of community building –  in the Rawreth / West Rayleigh area maybe it’s probably worth being extra careful…

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

 

 

 

 

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.