We now know the housing figures that District Council officers are now proposing for differenet parts of our district. They are on page 24 of the “Regulation 26 Draft Strategy” and they come up for discussion at the meeting on Thursday 22nd. The key paragraph is on page 24:
“The Council will set out a policy allocating the total number of housing units to the top tier (90 perecent) and second tier (10 percent) settlements , to gain a smaller number of large sites which will deliver the greatest number of infrastructure improvements. The split (with approximate numbers) will be as follows:
Completions 2001 -2006: 900
Rochford/Ashingdon : 1000
Hockley/Hawkwell : 400
Rayleigh : 1800
Smaller Settlements 500
TOTAL : 4600
(By “1st Tier ” they mean towns and large villages – Rayleigh, Rochford, Ashingdon, Hockley and Hawkwell. By “2nd Tier” they mean Hullbridge, Canewdon and Great Wakering. “Completions 2001-2006” means houses already built.)
What are our first thoughts? On these figures Rayleigh is getting more housing than Rochford, Ashingdon, Hockley and Hawkwell put together – which seems a very unfair approach. (Although Rayleigh was hit even worse in the 1980s and 1990s). Also Great Wakering has been dealt with more lightly than some of the district councillors there expected.
This plan has to go through a lot more discussion by councillors and consultation with the public. We still think it will be useful to have some people in the public gallery on Thursday….