Guest blog post by Stephen Tellis, Rayleigh & Wickford Lib Dem Chair
Well Christmas is well and truly over and the planners at RDC are kicking off the year with an almost comedic report which recommends APPROVAL for 35 flats on the old Dairy Crest site in the heart of Rayleigh.
RDC’s lust to allow the overdevelopment of Rayleigh continues in an unfettered way, with this report which sees an abundance of the Councils own policies, being ducked and dived more times than in an episode of Only Fools. They just can’t help themselves as they continue to try to ‘sign off’ on another disastrous development.
The application FALLS SHORT of what we should expect to see from any proposed development on so many levels this developer will surely be truly laughing more than while watching the Christmas special of Gavin & Stacey, all the way to the bank, if this one gets past the development committee. This application isn’t lush by anyone’s standards.
Let’s look at what they’ll get away with…
NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING INADEQUATE PARKING PROVISION, NO EDUCATION CONTRIBUTION, NO HEALTH CONTRIBUTION, NO PLAY SPACE, MORE AIR POLLUTION
Brownfield site or not there’s also the loss of employment land which has already been identified by RDC’s economic dept as lacking. This site would serve nicely as a shared coworking space, something business people are desperate for.
Take a look at the script here. You’ll either laugh or cry. It seems the Tories continue to torture Rayleigh residents with more unwanted building.