Application for Prior Approval for the Change of Use of Agricultural Building (North Unit) to Class C1 Apartotel :Ivanhoe Nurseries Ironwell Lane Hawkwell
If you read the above the Government has decided that Agricultural Buildings may be converted without much formality to Class C1 (hotels).
Yes you read that right !!
But under the new Government rules this cannot and will not go to Councillors to decide on whether to Approve or Refuse.
The Decision will be made purely and solely by Council Planning Officers and we are not even sure whether we or residents can even comment.
No planning application has been received by RDC but the Agents are seeking feedback from the public at this stage through a statement of community involvement to be submitted alongside the planning application.
Re-development of land at 90 Main Road, Hawkwell (Site Locationhttp://goo.gl/Q4yWcz)
Google Map here
Extracts from Letter to your District Councillors (http://goo.gl/jyzef2)
“Strutt & Parker are acting as planning consultants on behalf of Marden Homes Ltd with regards to the above site. It is planned that the current uses on the site are to relocate and this brownfield site will therefore become available for redevelopment. We have been instructed by Marden Homes to prepare a planning application for residential redevelopment.”
Our Local Conservative Councillors have been telling residents for years that they have to remove Green Belt protection when drawing up their Local Plans, in order to meet [housing] demand.
Conservative Government Minister Eric Pickles has now stepped in to say that the Government did not require this and the move will be seen as a pre-election pitch by the Conservatives to win round rural Tory supporters who are furious about new development.
“Nothing can now change the loss of Green Belt in Hawkwell, Ashingdon and Rochford for 1000 houses where it has not been proven that these are required to meet local housing needs” said Residents Councillors John and Christine Mason.
You can read the Letter published in Friday’s Echo here.
Mr. Webb wrongly accuses your two Independent Councillors of not attending a Council Meeting.
A Local resident has emailed to say that he has written to the Echo about Mr. Webb’s views that a cross party Flood Committee should now deal with with past and future local flooding events “This is the same party who voted to cover thousands of acres of land with concrete to build houses on which commonsense says will cause more flooding. Mike I live on planet earth where do you live?.”
Your Independent District Councillors, John and Christine Mason have been working on the problems and issues that you have given us feedback upon this week face to face, by phone, text, email and Facebook.
Here is an update on the position with FIVE of your big issues.
There are others, of course, in the feedback on Facebook that can only be facilitated at Essex County Council and your “Ward” County Councillor. In order these are not lost we will send the details to the TOP of ECC, namely the CEO, Joanna Killian.
Residents of the “Unmade End” of Thorpe Road. Hawkwell have suffered so much damage to the road surface that they have issued an Open Letter of Complaint to David Wilson Homes/Barratts at their Clements Gate (Christmas Tree Farm) Site.
We hope that Barratts will now listen to the these residents and put things right immediately.
Street Light Re-location in Rectory Road
Rochford District Council has also issued the following by email.
It was apparent that the lamp columns along Rectory Road, which were required to be repositioned off of the footpath, had been installed by the power utilities company in the wrong place. They have been instructed accordingly and will put right their error.”
Development Committee was busy this week particularly for your Hawkwell West Councillors, John and Christine Mason, as two applications that affect our Ward were up for consideration. These were both for alterations to Conditions for the Housing Estate that is currently being built. Despite the developer receiving full, detailed approval in Dec 2012 our Officers seem to be constantly having to work on proposed alterations.
As ever your Ward Councillors, John and Christine Mason, have been busy dealing with issues and complaints and following a really helpful meeting with two of ECC engineers we are able to report the following;
- Two badly damaged areas in Thorpe Road pavement are to receive a temporary a repair today, 30 January, and discussions will be taking place next week regarding more permanent remedial works.
- The fence erected blocking a neighbour’s driveway is to be moved.
- The damaged section of Thorpe Road carriageway is to be inspected with a view to a satisfactory reinstatement of the road surface.
We noted that the provision of £10,000 for Sewers and Ditch clearance, which presumably if spent may have eliminated or prevented some of the flooding experienced by residents in August, has been reduced to NIL! Only £595 was spent in the previous financial year which makes us wonder why the budget was hiked so high and then not used.
As organised by us the length of the Brook from Windsor Gardens to the end of the field adjoining Clements Hall was cleared by volunteers on the Weekend 30th Nov/1st Dec. Thanks to everyone involved. Certainly we were relieved that no further problems occurred on Friday when a similar flood warning was sounded.
Yesterday John and I walked along the Brook up to Thorpe Close and noted the work that needs to be done by the local land owners. As these riparian owners are commercial organisations we have submitted a report to our new Chief Executive so that he can arrange for the appropriate work to be undertaken as appropriate.
David Wilson Homes “hopes” to reopen a temporary path through Thorpe Road by Christmas – Quote – Unquote
A FOOTPATH which was closed,leaving residents with a half-mile detour to reach village amenities looks set to be reopened by Christmas.
The path at the unmade end of Thorpe Road, Hockley, was shut unexpectedly in October, as part of a development for 175 homes in the village.
As featured in the ECHO DIY Flood Plan
No one told us how physically hard flood prevention would be. John and I ache in muscles that “we did not know that we had and probably have not got”! (Christine was heard saying “Charlie Dimmock I am not. (Certainly John is not!)) That said it is a lot cheaper and more rewarding than the gym.
Complaint to the Managing Director, David Wilson Homes (Barratts)
Dear Mr. Eardley
Several weeks ago Mr. Ruffy advised me personally, face to face, that HGV Construction Traffic would cease to use Thorpe Road from the end of October.
1st December: 10 am
Meet at junction of Windsor Gardens & Rectory Road
The Problem: In August our area suffered flooding when the Hawkwell Brook overflowed as a result of the heavy rain and high tide. Many of those worse affected were frail or elderly and have become fearful of a repeat situation.
The Situation: Generally, the owners of the land adjoining a watercourse are responsible for keeping the passage clear. In the past the Water Authority cleared this on occasion but in recent years they have left this to the adjoining landowners. Unfortunately, many landowners are unaware of their responsibility or are unable to deal with the debris and growth.
Closure of the footpath along the unmade end of Thorpe Road, Hawkwell.
“I am writing on behalf of Barratt Developments to let you know that due to safety reasons, Thorpe Road will be closed to pedestrians as from 10:00am tomorrow (23/10) until further notice.
Clements Gate Development
A brief summary of where we are now with this development and other local issues.
Signs and Advertising
No more progress or information on the simple request for a ‘residents only parking sign’. However David Wilson Homes have applied for permission for some of the signage at the Thorpe Road Marketing suite and although our last information on a site visit was that the application did not reflect what was on the ground the RDC Planning Officer was attempting to resolve this so that the retrospective application can be heard by the Development Committee on the 24th October. As far as we are aware there has been no application for the flagpoles and advertisements at Clements Hall Way although I believe this has been ‘requested’ by Officers.
After the recent flooding and observing first-hand the distress and damage caused to affected individuals and the general confusion that was created I decided to look into the general situation with a particular regard to our own Ward.
Hawkwell West is criss-crossed with drainage ditches, brooks and streams.
Generally speaking the water will flow through the ground and enter these water courses slowly finally exiting into the sea via the River Roach. Very heavy rain may cause surface water, which should lead into these water courses and so out of harm’s way.
The Echo published an Article today headed “Hawkwell homes “out of our reach”.
You can read it here.
We have approximately 600 registrations on the Council’s Housing Register in a hierarchy of bands that are eligible for housing in our District.
We hoped that the 35% Affordable Homes, presumably sold at rock bottom prices to Registered Social Landlords (RSL), would enable some of those residents that are on the Rochford District Council Housing Register to be housed at last.
Essex County Council would like to hear your views as it starts a review of its Bus Strategy and how it provides financial support to local bus services.
In this challenging economic climate it is very important that we focus our expenditure where it is really needed to ensure value for money for residents.
This review will help to ensure that the bus services provided by the County Council meet, as far as possible, the essential needs of Essex. The outcome of the review will help to decide what types of service will be supported in future.