The Development Control Committee will deal with 6 planning applications next Thursday 25th. That’s not a big number – but as some of them are quite controversial, it could be an interesting night. There are more than 100 pages of reports for councillors to read.
Item 1 is an application from the Genesis Housing Group for 30 flats at St Marks Field, Rochford. The officers are recommending approval, and Rochford Parish Council are not objecting.
Item 2 is an application from Rayleigh Town Council to erect a new steel fence around the park. They want it to help prevent vandalism of the new pavilion. However the officers are recommending refusal , describing it as an unattractive and brutal form of development.
Item 3 is for 24 flats up Crown Hill Rayleigh (next to Philpot House). A previous application was refused by the council. The developers then went to appeal, and lost. However the planning inspector wasn’t against the principle or the number of flats there, he was simply against the proposed road access. So now the applicants believe they have sorted out the access problems and have come back….
Item 4 is at Willow Pond Farm , Lower Road , in the Green Belt in Hullbridge. It’s an application to remove existing mobile homes and replace them with a bungalow. Officers are recommending refusal.
Item 5 is the ‘big one’ – an application from Asda at the former Park School Site for a retail foodstore and a separate three storey building for shops and community uses. This is Asda’s second application – their first was rejected last November.
The officers are recommending approval. County Highways are not objecting. There are objections from Rawreth Parish Council, Hockley Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Hambro Colts Youth Football Club, Rayleigh Town Council, Rayleigh and District Chamber of Trade, Essex Bridleways Association, and Mark Francois MP. There have been also numerous letters of objections from residents, and just one letter of support from residents.
Item 6 is for 18 flats and maisonettes in Victoria Avenue, Rayleigh. Officers are recommending refusal, and it was likely to be refused without coming to councillors for a debate. However Councillor Keith Gordon, Vice-Chairman of the Commitee , has referred it to the meeting .
So there’s plenty of intriguing applications, and if you are interested in your local area, come along and watch.! The meeting starts at 7.30, at the Civic Suite next to the market car park.