Amenity Space Saved, Wakering Development Squeaks Through……

At tonight’s meeting of the Development Committee:

The outline? application for 6 dwellings on the amenity space at Brocksford Avenue was refused by an overwhelming vote of councillors. Refusal was moved by? Ian? Ward and seconded by Heather Glynn. This pleased the public gallery, which was packed with concerned residents.

The application for 116 dwellings at the old Star Lane Brickworks in Great Wakering was passed – but only just. This is another one of the big sites that has come forward as part of the local plan. Chris Black and Ron Oatham moved refusal, saying that the application was contrary to our core strategy, because extra funding for the local primary school wasn’t being provided. We lost the refusal? 11-9. Interestingly , none of the ward councillors supported our refusal. Cllr Mrs Wilkins voted against our refusal , Cllr Hookway was absent and Cllr Seagers declared an interest and quite properly left the chamber.? A motion of approval was then moved and the scheme was passed 14-5

The District Council applied to itself for planning permission to install a banner in Bradley Way to advertise public events – and the committee refused this , on the grounds of it being a conservation area.

  • Chris

    Christine and I wish to state that were unable to attend last night because of the late intervention of an important family matter. We intended to attend but after reference to advice earlier in the day from the Council’s Legal Department we would not have been able to remain in the Council Chamber, participate in debate or vote on the Star Lane Application. The reason for this is because we had not been provided by the Council with a copy of the 125 Page Officer’s Report or the Addendum. This matter has been raised at our request by the Legal Department with the Chief Executive with whom we have arranged a telephone call about this on Monday.