Activists Prepare for Planning Appeal in Rochford

Activists in Rochford and Ashingdon are preparing themselves to give ‘evidence’ to the planning inspectorate to argue their case against the application to build hundreds of new homes in Ashingdon. Despite the site allocation being agreed by the Conservative administrator back in 2014, it would appear some are hoping to overturn (or you could say perform a famous Tory U-turn) their original plans!

An Appeal has been submitted by Bloor Homes, Aber Ltd, AW Squier Ltd, DW Squier Ltd for the development of land south of Oxford Road, east of Ashingdon Road and north of The Drive and Rochford Garden Way.

Application reference: 20/00363/OUT (Appeal reference APP/B1550/W/21/3283646).

The Public Inquiry will be taking place at The Jubilee Suite, Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend SS2 6UN with the facility to participate virtually.

Opening on 25th January 2022 at 10:00am (scheduled for 4 sitting days to 28th Jan 2022).

If you wish to attend/participate in the Public Inquiry for the Bloor Homes appeal please call 01702 546366 or email planning.appeals@rochford.gov.uk to register.

Due to COVID restrictions spaces at the venue will be limited and you will need to abide by the COVID measures in place.

The event will also be livestreamed on the Council’s YouTube channel. A link to the event will be published in due course.

It would appear there is no legal argument that Rochford District Council can mount against the developer and the development committee’s refusal could now end up costing the District’s taxpayer a pretty penny.

After all political posturing does come at a cost.