The District Council have tonight refused an application for 2 extra flats at 36 Hockley Road, Rayleigh.
The developers have already won permission for 20 flats at a public inquiry. They were now pushing for 2 more , to be built in the roof of the front building facing onto Hockley Road itself. Councillors knew that local residents were very much against the scheme , but our freedom of action was limited.
Cllr Mavis Webster moved refusal for a lot of reasons, but didn’t get enough support from other councillors. They felt that most of these reasons wouldn’t be strong enough to win at another planning inquiry.
However Ron Oatham had pointed out that the design of the dormer windows didn’t comply with our council policies, and would create an unattractive building. Chris Black moved refusal on the single problem of the window design, and won the vote overwhelmingly. So the two extra flats were refused.