The plans for the Asda signage went through. However there is now an hours restriction to stop the illuminated sign being on all night, and another restriction to prevent the sign on the side of the store being lit. To quote one resident who emailed Chris this weekend , the illuminated sign seems to ‘add insult to injury’.
An application in Hullbridge at rear of The Drive , really wound up most councillors. It was for three detached chalets to be be built rightbehind three existing homes. The access would be so narrow that a fire engine couldn’t get down there (the chalets would have to have sprinkler systems). Also the garden sizes were significantly below our council’s standards for two of the chalets.
Every councillor present supported Cllrs Rosemary Brown and Peter Robinson, who proposed refusal. What really upset the committee was that this application was originally down for the ‘yellow list’ so that it would have been passed automatically if no councillor had ‘called it in’
Chris Lumley succesfully got an application for flats in the Approach, Rayleigh refused. The communal garden area was below standard and the Essex County Council architectural advisers were critical of the scheme – but as with every application on this night, officers had recommended approval.
Finally, an application for two houses in Hambro Avenue , Rayleigh was passed. Chris Black had queried that the plot was supposed to be narrower than the council standard for two homes, but after the council measured it with the applicant, it turned out that the plot was only 8 cm short of meeting the standard.