At the West Area Committee meeting tonight, Tory Councillor John Pullen announced that the Conservative Group were planning to cut the proposed housing figures for Rayleigh from 1800 to 740. We asked whether they were planning to add a separate figure for Rawreth – we were given assurances after the meeting that they were not planning any housing allocation for Rawreth.
This is extremely good news. Well done to the hundreds of Rayleigh people who responded to the council consultation – it shows you can make a difference!. Well done also to campaigners such as Mike Nobes, and to the Echo and the Rayleigh Times for highlighting the issues. And all credit to those Conservative Rayleigh councillors who realised that sticking with 1800 would be political suicide (not to mention just plain unfair) and won over their colleagues in other parts of the district.
740 homes is still a lot – about five times the housing at the Park School development – but it’s much better than 1800.
We’ll write more about this later….