Planning News

Update on Planning Decisions taken at Rochford District Council, Development Control Committee on 22 May 2008



There were lots of refusals, and the busiest councillor of the night was Keith Gordon from Rochford. (Three of the applications were in Rochford. There are only three councillors for Rochford. One of them , James Cottis, was away, and the other was Gill Lucas-Gill, who is brand new. So Cllr Gordon was kept busy.

6 Flats at 254 High Street , Great Wakering: REFUSED Colin Seagers moved refusal on the basis of inferior and dominant roofscape, and parking issues.

9 Flats with access off Locks Hill, Rochford: REFUSED. Reasons were the bulky mass of the building, and out of keeping with the surroundings

Revised Scheme for Training Centre for Disability Essex , Rocheway, Rochford : PASSED Disability Essex already have planning permission, but they had submitted a plans for a larger building. This was a controversial one. Keith Gordon proposed refusal and was seconded by Heather Glynn, for reasons based on the increased size. Michael Starke, John Mason and Mavis Webster all supported the scheme, and it was eventually passed.

9 Flats at 299 Ferry Road , Hullbridge (quite near the river) : REFUSED Hullbridge Councillor Peter Robinson moved refusal, and was strongly supported by Ron Oatham, Chris Lumley and Chris Black.

Front Extension , 2 Wedds Way , Great Wakering : PASSED This was an application for Cllr Colin Seager’s own home – it only came to the planning committee for approval because he is a councillor.

Revised Scheme for Sainsbury’s Shop , and 6 flats, 76-78 West Street Rochford: REFUSED Keith Gordon moved refusal , and won the vote. Refusal was based on the design of the building and highways issues.