Two planning applications in Rayleigh were refused last night by the District Council.
First of all, an application for 8 dwellings in Victoria Avenue was refused on the grounds of overdevelopment, and effect on a preserved tree.
Secondly, an application for 4 houses accessed via Picton Gardens and Picton Close was refused on a whole raft of reasons, the main one being unneighbourly and instrusive development.
The four ward councillors – Pat Aves, Tony Humphries, Jackie Dillnutt and Joan Mockford all did a competent job of representing their residents on the night.
However, a tiny bit of election pettiness crept into the meeting when one senior Conservative said she agreed with ‘the ward member Joan Mockford’ but pointedly didn’t mention Jackie!