Crofters Site Set For Refusal

WE wrote recently about the closure of Crofters , and a planning application on the site:

Parish : Rawreth Parish Council
Ward : Downhall And Rawreth
Location : Crofters Beke Hall Chase South Rayleigh
Proposal : Outline Application To Demolish Cattery And Kennel Buildings And Enclosures And Redevelop Site To Provide Two Dwellings

Officers are now recommending it for refusal on the following grounds:

The Allocations Plan 2014 retains the site within the Metropolitan
Green Belt. The purposes of Green Belt allocation include the
prevention of unrestricted urban sprawl of large built up areas and to
assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment. It is
considered that the proposal would be in conflict with these two
purposes of Green Belt land, due to the proposed positioning further
south of the two, three bedroomed bungalow dwellings than the
existing development, further encroaching into the Green Belt.
Therefore the proposal is considered to be inappropriate development
upon Green Belt land, negatively impacting upon its open character,
contrary to Policies DM10 of the Development Man
agement Plan, GB1 of the Core Strategy as well as the Green Belt guidance provided within
the NPPF. The proposal would be contrary to Policies DM10 of the
Development Management Plan, GB1 of the Core Strategy as well as
the Green Belt guidance provided within the NPPF.
No heritage assessment has been undertaken as to the potential harm
to the setting of the nearby listed building
Notwithstanding the submission of an arboricultural assessment, it was
not possible to evaluate the potential harm to the trees on site as there
was no information submitted in respect of layout. Details of layout is a
reserved matter, and the submission of an illustrative plan is insufficient
to enable a proper assessment to be made
The proposed development would amount to inappropriate in the
Green Belt contrary to paragraph 89 of the NPPF. It is considered that
the proposed development would not meet the exception criteria, as it
would result in greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt and
the purpose of including land within it.
The Rochford District Council Development Management Plan states
that redevelopment of previously developed land in the Green Belt to
residential, retail or other uses which are more appropriately located in
town centres (e.g. office, commercial, leisure and community uses) are
not supported. Residential development should primarily be directed
towards the District’s defined residential settlements; sporadic
development that is poorly related to existing development, services
and facilities can negatively impact upon sustainability. The proposal
would not therefore represent sustainable development.

  • Jim, yes, you could not make it up, however the applicants probably can’t afford the very best legal teams employed to run rings around the local council planning offices. Planning officers are very good at the small stuff, house extensions, new roofs, very small developments etc but are utterly hopeless in the face of large developers.