One of the planning applications last night was at Hanover Golf Coursein Hullbridge Road. They applied for some reshaping and landscaping of the existing golf courses, with some lakes to store water in. The environment agent had originally objected to the lakes but had now withdrawn their objection.
Councillors were startled by the amount of reshaping planned. The applicants estimated it woudl involve about forty-six 20-ton trucks a day for three years. . These trucks would be bringing soil and earth from a twenty-mile radius, mostly coming along Rawreth Lane and Hullbridge Road.
Chris said that he was worried by the amount of trucks that would be passing along Hullbridge Road. A resident had already contacted him, concerned that there was no footway or pavement outside Lubbards Farm, where there many activities including a childrens nursery, swimmng pool and horse-riding. He wanted to see the applicant provide a permanent footpath on that side of Hullbridge Road from the junction with Rawreth Lane up to the entrance to the farm.
The applicants were sitting at the back of the chamber and called out that they were agreeable to this. (This is not the normal way to negotiate on planning applications!)
Councillors were a little puzzled about what to do . There was a lot of information to absorb and a lot to consider. Should we refuse it, pass it or delegate it to the officers? In the end Chris proposed that a special meeting of the committee be arranged for a couple of weeks time, just to decide this one application. He was supported by independent councillor Joun Mason, and this was agreed.
(Echo story here)