Will it be a Happy New Year for the Developers……but not for residents?

June 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I am told by some readers that there is nothing to worry about because the green belt will be protected by the New Lib/Con Coalition.

But when will the Bill scrapping the housing targets go through Parliament?

Our MP’s Office says “Unfortunately, no dates appear to be available yet however, once these are known, they should be listed on the following website.”

According to the Queen’s Speech the Bill which will, amongst other things, scrap the Regional Housing Targets is called The Decentralisation and Localism Bill.

Scrapping the housing targets is said to be the predicator for re-writing the Core Strategy which otherwise goes live in 2011.  But the Coalition Agreement referred to stopping this was something that they would do rapidly !!

So why is it that our MP cannot tell us in what year and which Parliamentary Session the Bill will go through?

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State has not replied and nor have either of David and Nick.

I still think that there is everything to still concern us but some people think that the Coalition intends to protect the existing green belt but with planning applications totalling 1460 new houses already in play on green belt in Rochford District I don’t see anything so far which will stop this at all yet alone rapidly….like a Bill scheduled for this Session of Parliament.

The next Session will be too late because the bulldozers will move in as soon as January 2011 is chimed in, ironically, by Big Ben.

It will be a Happy New Year for the Developers but not for us.

I would be delighted if these concerns do not turn out to be true…………but do please tell me soon so I can plan to accept an invitation to the right New Year bash !!

Latest News – Hawkwell Planning Appeal

January 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I have to tell you that it was pointed out to me in a legal opinion that because the Council was NOT contesting Highway matters in the Appeal then if I
had done so, and continued to have the legal status (Rule 6) of a full participant in the Appeal, then I personally ran the risk of an application for
award of costs being made against me !!

I did not feel that could just drop the highway concerns that residents have raised with me and I could not face the risk of costs being made
against me either.  So instead of being a special participant I will now have to just act as your Councillor who CAN raise highway issues.

So I have submitted my case for dismissal of the Appeal by the deadline last Wednesday and you can read it at the following link if you wish.

Caroline Spelman MP in replies to Hawkwell residents, as well as speaking to the ECHO, promises that the regional housing targets would go.

Politically speaking Coombes Farm stands more chance of being dropped because it is not put forward in the Council’s Core Strategy because remember that,
despite the protest from Hawkwell in the Public Consultation about the the Core Strategy, the Council has now submitted 175 houses for Hawkwell anyway.

Unless all of the housing targets are removed by a Conservative Government AND there is a real political miracle with the Conservative run Council removing
THEIR requirement for 175 houses then Hawkwell WILL LOSE OUT.

And that is even if the Appeal for 330 is dismissed because the 175 in policy MUST be removed as well.

I suspect that the only commitment which will be given will be one that the housing requirements will be “reviewed”.  Reviews have the habit of changing nothing, especially once developers have had their say after an election and I would be wary of stopping any campaign until there is new ink with new numbers which are committed to !!