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‘Fair Shares for All’ Housing Allocation? – 365 is NOT a Fair Share in Hawkwell West

May 26, 2008 by  

The story so far:

In the Summer of 2007, after the first public consultation, 32 Conservative Councillors met in private to allocate 2200 new housing units across Rochford District.  They came up with 365 for Hawkwell West and just 740 for the whole of Rayleigh.

The Liberal Democrats seem to have gratefully accepted the reduced allocation for Rayleigh and have not raised any objection yet to the allocations across the remainder of the District. Not surprising because any objection to what is going on elsewhere might lead to the Rayleigh allocation increasing !! 

But Lib Dem Councillor Chris Black, Leader of the Opposition at RDC, has written “We support a ‘fair shares for all’ policy for new housing in Rochford District.”

But how can 365 new houses in Hawkwell West be described as ‘Fair Shares for All’ ?  It is not Fair Shares At All !!

  • A ‘Fair Shares for All’ policy would mean just 110 new houses in each of the 23 District Wards
  • Rayleigh should have 1000 new houses not 740
  • Hockley should have 330 not 36
  • So why is one Ward in Hawkwell allocated 365?
  • This would mean an increase in the number of houses in Hawkwell West by 25%

Lib Dem Councillor Chris Black is the only non Tory on the Local Development Framework Sub Committee which will decide on the allocations.

Tory Keith Hudson is the Chairman of that Sub Committee but Hockley is so far only down to get 36 houses.

If the Lib Dem Leader were to agree to 365 houses in Hawkwell West then his ‘Fair Shares for All’ policy will be in tatters because it is simply not fair and obviously so.  Let’s hope that Chris Black will argue the unfair case for Hawkwell West as vigorously as he has done for Rayleigh !!  

The so called “Fair Shares for All’ Policy should NOT to be implemented because it patently will not deliver fair shares for all.

The only proper basis for housing allocations is one based on a spatial allocation that takes into account that the best places for major new developments are where where existing infrastructure exists and can be extended. 

Hawkwell West is not one of these places.

When the time comes later this Summer the residents of Hawkwell West must tell the Council this in great numbers. Landowners and their lobbyists already seem to think that there will be 365 new houses in Hawkwell West. They think is is all over but all residents of Hawkwell need to prove them wrong by force of opinion in numbers for what they think is right for our community.

The Hawkwell Action Group, of which I am an advisor to the Committee, will be holding a second public meeting shortly to muster a call to arms. Watch out for the posters in your street soon.

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2 Responses to “‘Fair Shares for All’ Housing Allocation? – 365 is NOT a Fair Share in Hawkwell West”
  1. Editor says:

    Cllr Phil Capon Says: May 29th, 2008

    HI JOHN

    THE FIRST PART OF YOUR STATEMENT IS FACTUALLY INCORRECT MY WIFE CLLR MRS CAPON (ASHINGDON & CANEWDON) AND MYSELF CLLR PHIL CAPON (HAWKWELL SOUTH ) DID NOT TAKE ANY PART AS WE COULD NOT ATTEND THE MEETING DUE TO ITS TIMING. THANK YOU JOHN

    @ Councillor Phil Capon

    Thanks for the update Phil………….as it was a private political group meeting there were no minutes published in public and it was not possible for me to take account of the attendance list when I published my article on http://rochfordessex.com. It would be interesting for the public to hear more about how the allocations were arrived at and whether ward councillors were in support of the allocations made to their respective wards. As you and Councillor Mrs Capon were not present, is it correct to assume that you are nevertheless not supportive of the plan that was published in the Echo?

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