A good-natured meeting of the Development Committee finished at 10:40 pm today. The chamber was overflowing with members of the public attending:
Here’s a very brief summary:
1. Two bungalows in Trenders Avenue, Rawreth – PASSED. Approval moved by Chris Black, seconded by Heather Glynn. Voting was tied at 9-9. it was then passed on Phil Capon’s chairman’s casting vote.
2. Microbrewery in Great Wakering – PASSED. Ward councillors Colin Seagers and Barbara Wilkins attempted refusal, but didn’t get enough support.
3. Takeaway in Spa Road, Hockley – REFUSED. Refusal was moved by Keith Hudson and seconded by Malcolm Maddocks.
4 and 5 – repairs and extension to 41 South Street Rochford. PASSED without debate.
6. Expansion of View Nursery Rawreth – PASSED. Approval was moved by Keith Gordon and seconded by Heather Glynn. Reasons stated were improved highways safety and protection of employment. Supported by Chris Black.
7. Traveller Site on the A1245, Rawreth – REFUSED. Lyn Hopkins and Alistir Matthews spoke on behalf of Rawreth residents at the start of the debate, Refusal was moved by Chris Black and seconded by Jackie Dillnutt, on grounds of a) impact on the openness of Green Belt b) highways safety c) lack of nearby amenities. Supported by numerous councillors including Joan Mockford and Keith Hudson.
8. 22 houses near Rectory Road, Hawkwell. – DEFERRED. Ward councillors Heather Glynn and Phil Capon wanted approval, but lost the vote. Councillors were concerned by issues such as sub-standard garden sizes but there didn’t seem to be a consensus for a refusal. Chris Black then moved deferral to see if removing 1 or 2 of the proposed houses would leave enough room to solve the issues. This was seconded by Heather Glynn.
9. 2 bungalows near Preston Gardens, Rayleigh – REFUSED Chris Black added two more reasons and got refusal – seconded by Jackie Dillnutt.