A planning application for a beauty studio is causing some controversy. It’s a rather small application – to convert some derelict toilets at Lubbards Farm , Hullbridge Road ,Rayleigh into a beauticians studio with up to two staff. The link to the council’s website with details of the application is here.
Hoewever Lubbards Farm is in the Green Belt, and there are complicated rules regarding the re-use of redundant farm buildings in the Green Belt.
Despite it’s small size, planning officers are concerned that
“Although there is a mix of uses on the site, including recreational, farm and pet food shops, office and light industrial units, the use proposed is considered to generate an additional amount of traffic and activity due to its service nature and this would adversely affect the character of the Green Belt….
….It is considered that this application could encourage commercial activity away from town centre shopping area, affecting the vitality of these areas, which in turn harms the character of the Green Belt…
….The applicant has provided insufficient information to demonstrate why a more accessible or central location has not been considered….”
The application was down for refusal without being discussed by councillors. However Chris Black, together with Hullbridge Tory Councillor Peter Robinson, has ‘referred it up’ to the next Development Control Committee Meeting at 7.30 on August 24th.
As always, councillors have to keep an open mind on applications until the actual meeting. However, we would welcome any comments from residents.