As regular readers will know, the Liberal Democrat councillors OPPOSED the principle of development of any of the green fields between London Road , Rawreth Lane and the A1245 . We were concerned about many things – including the extra traffic , increased risk of flooding in Rawreth , and insufficient health, education and leisure facilities.
However after some bitter battles in the council chamber, we lost the vote, and development is slowly but surely going ahead at that site and elsewhere. This is an update:
Countryside Developments have got ‘outline’ permission on their big site between London Road and Rawreth Lane. This means that they WILL be able to build. The details of the house design, etc.will still have to be agreed in a further “detailed” application, but there’s no sign of it yet.
An application for 44 dwellings was passed this month September near the BP garage on London Road (without Lib Dem support)
There is going to be a third application for about 80 dwellings on London Road near the Timber Grove care home (which is likely to be rebuilt as part of the application).
There is also of course a big scheme in South West Hullbridge, near the border with Rawreth parish. This has also been passed. It will lead eventually to an improved roundabout at the Hullbridge Road / Rawreth Lane junction. But nothing seems likely to happen with the Hullbridge site in the next few months.