If you look at the responses on the District Council website, you will find that so far only one percent are in support of the proposed figures – 1800 for Rayleigh, etc.
Oddly enough , one of the few voices in support is from the Church of England:
263 SUPPORT Chelmsford Diocese Board of Finance represented by Strutt & Parker
Rochford District Core Strategy Regulation 26 Draft – 4.6.10 General Development Locations Preferred Option
Summary: 4.6.10 – Agree that development should focus on top tier settlements including Hawkwell and that a proportion of the housing numbers should be allocated here. Agree that top tier proposed settlements are better located to the highway network and represent sustainable locations for development. A site which has been put forward at a previous LDF consultation stage, located on the outskirts of Hawkwell is considered to be a suitable site for accommodating additional housing. The site is located along Ironwell Lane and has housing to the east, west and north beyond Ironwell Lane.
Meanwhile Rayleigh Town Council has avoided party politics on the isssue – the Conservative Town Council asked Ron Oatham to prepare their response. Here are some of his ‘bullet points’:
It is incorrect to state that all settlements have had more than their fair share of housing .There is one area that has had more than any other:- WESTERN RAYLEIGH It is considered that the allocation must take into account the fact that Rayleigh has taken the lions’ share of development in the district to date.
It is unacceptable that the majority of the proposed future development should fall in Rayleigh. The split must be reviewed.
This statement needs to be far more robust with greater emphasis on transport infrastructure etc. improvements preceding housing development