Fears raised over 3,000 homes planned for Rochford District

Housing targets - Keith Hudson by the planning display

Housing targets - Keith Hudson by the planning display

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CONCERNS have been raised after plans for 2,785 homes across Rochford district were put on show.

The plans, which reveal where the new homes will be built over the next 15 years, are on display at the Mill Arts and Events centre in Rayleigh as well as other venues across the district.

The exhibition takes place throughout this week, but already members of the public have expressed concerns over the impact of the proposed houses and flats.

Brenda O’Brien is in her seventies and has lived in Ely Way, Rayleigh, for 17 years.

She thinks a proposal for 550 new homes in her area will lead to chaos on the roads.

She said: “When we first moved, it took my husband ten minutes to get home from work along Rawreth Lane, now he can sit there for 40 minutes.

“I cannot bear to think what cars for 550 extra homes will do to the roads.”

Caroline Long, of Glebe Drive, Rayleigh, opposes the plans.

She said: “I don’t think it is right – I hate to think about the flooding situation, it is going to be absolute hell.”

An anonymous Rayleigh resident chose to focus on the way the council came to decide on its core strategy and allocation document, which detail the plans.

Both were passed by vote in full council meetings following legal approval by a Government inspector, but the resident does not think that is enough.

He said: “It has been decided by a few people.

“There is a cabinet system in the council now with a party whip and there have been a lot of recent complaints that it is not democratic. I think a lot of the councillors were toeing the party line – they have been hoodwinked.”

Rather than prompting further complaints, Keith Hudson, councillor responsible for planning, hopes the display will give residents a positive view of what is to come.

He said: “This allocations document not only meets Government housing targets for the district, but also gives us the armoury to fight developments in areas that we have not identified for development, or that do not conform to our requirements for appropriate infrastructure improvements.”

The plans are at the Mill Arts and Events centre, Hullbridge Community Centre and at libraries in Hockley, Hullbridge, Rochford, Rayleigh and Great Wakering, until Friday, March 7.

ACTION GROUP TO CHALLENGE COUNCIL SCHEME

Rawreth residents are forming an official action group to challenge Rochford Council on issues arising from planned developments in the area.

Peter Plummer, 65 of Church Road, is helping to set up the Rawreth Flooding Action Group and last night met at Rawreth Village Hall to adopt a constitution and appoint a committee.

Its hope is that by forming an official body with a constitution, the group will be able to force the council to open a dialogue .

Mr Plummer said: “We have got quite a few issues with the council.

“I tried to raise concerns about flooding from planned developments back in 2010 but I was prevented from speaking in front of a Government inspector as I did not have a computer to fill out the right form.

“My issues were not noted in the inspectors report so as far as I am concerned the core strategy is not a legal document.

“If they develop and build more houses what will happen?

Water already backs up under bridges and causes floods.”

Traffic woes and flood risk highlighted by exhibition visitors

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6:47am Thu 6 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

So we're clear, that Rochford council is considering a plan that will undoubtedly bring more congestion to the roads but refuses to ask itself how to encourage other transport.
What is Rochford Council doing to help anyone who doesnt want to use a car?
So we're clear, that Rochford council is considering a plan that will undoubtedly bring more congestion to the roads but refuses to ask itself how to encourage other transport. What is Rochford Council doing to help anyone who doesnt want to use a car? Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 6

8:13am Thu 6 Mar 14

Elephantman2 says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
So we're clear, that Rochford council is considering a plan that will undoubtedly bring more congestion to the roads but refuses to ask itself how to encourage other transport.
What is Rochford Council doing to help anyone who doesnt want to use a car?
Nothing is the answer; they are all so old and so Tory that they cannot see beyond their cataracts :)
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: So we're clear, that Rochford council is considering a plan that will undoubtedly bring more congestion to the roads but refuses to ask itself how to encourage other transport. What is Rochford Council doing to help anyone who doesnt want to use a car?[/p][/quote]Nothing is the answer; they are all so old and so Tory that they cannot see beyond their cataracts :) Elephantman2
  • Score: 9

8:46am Thu 6 Mar 14

rayleighrunner says...

The Conservative run Council has pushed this plan through ignoring the fact it's on green belt land, ignoring the fact it's a flood zone, ignoring the fact that thousands of Rayleigh residents don't want it, ignoring the fact the existing infrastructure cannot cope as it is. It's in the only area of the district where Conservatives are not in favour so that's why it's been dumped here! The land is owned by a Tory Councillor &/or his family who no doubt stands to make millions from it.....it's all a complete farce! Sooner the Conservatives are out the better. LETS NOT FORGET, THESE HOUSES ARE BEING BUILT BECUASE OF DEMAND FOR NEW HOUSES, WHICH IS FUELLED BY IMMIGRATION. I will personally be voting UKIP this year, at local elections and next year at the general election.
The Conservative run Council has pushed this plan through ignoring the fact it's on green belt land, ignoring the fact it's a flood zone, ignoring the fact that thousands of Rayleigh residents don't want it, ignoring the fact the existing infrastructure cannot cope as it is. It's in the only area of the district where Conservatives are not in favour so that's why it's been dumped here! The land is owned by a Tory Councillor &/or his family who no doubt stands to make millions from it.....it's all a complete farce! Sooner the Conservatives are out the better. LETS NOT FORGET, THESE HOUSES ARE BEING BUILT BECUASE OF DEMAND FOR NEW HOUSES, WHICH IS FUELLED BY IMMIGRATION. I will personally be voting UKIP this year, at local elections and next year at the general election. rayleighrunner
  • Score: 5

8:53am Thu 6 Mar 14

Sherry@hullbridge says...

At present the planning is a joke. There is no consideration for improving the watery lane road yet this is where they want to build the vast amount of new houses in hullbridge. Anyone who uses this road is all to aware that the road floods after a little rain. Why is this not taken into consideration? Why is this not planned for? Why is it so difficult for Mr Hudson or Mr Francois to answer these questions? They have answers for everything but not this major point. We all know that new homes have to be built so this is not a "not in my back yard" complaint but this is major planning concern that has never been answered by any of the planners.
At present the planning is a joke. There is no consideration for improving the watery lane road yet this is where they want to build the vast amount of new houses in hullbridge. Anyone who uses this road is all to aware that the road floods after a little rain. Why is this not taken into consideration? Why is this not planned for? Why is it so difficult for Mr Hudson or Mr Francois to answer these questions? They have answers for everything but not this major point. We all know that new homes have to be built so this is not a "not in my back yard" complaint but this is major planning concern that has never been answered by any of the planners. Sherry@hullbridge
  • Score: 4

11:46am Thu 6 Mar 14

iknowbetter says...

Sherry@hullbridge wrote:
At present the planning is a joke. There is no consideration for improving the watery lane road yet this is where they want to build the vast amount of new houses in hullbridge. Anyone who uses this road is all to aware that the road floods after a little rain. Why is this not taken into consideration? Why is this not planned for? Why is it so difficult for Mr Hudson or Mr Francois to answer these questions? They have answers for everything but not this major point. We all know that new homes have to be built so this is not a "not in my back yard" complaint but this is major planning concern that has never been answered by any of the planners.
Your right planning is a joke, Castlepoint Council have wasted so far in excess of £750.000 taxpayers pounds on a core strategy, the first one was thrown out by the Government inspector and the other was thrown together.
If you believe playing the flooding card will help fight these latest plans then think again, Canvey is a flood risk zone 3 and it hasn't stopped the Council insisting on excess of 2000 dwellings to be passed.
Lets not forget that these plans are only part of what is to come, over the next couple of years planning will be approved for lots more outside of the core strategy, the core strategy figure is only half of what is to come.
While the Government will blind you with the reason of having to meet a shortage of housing, some will say its an easy route to kick starting the economy and progressively stabilizing future economic growth. A cop out in other words and local communities will suffer all that comes with it.
[quote][p][bold]Sherry@hullbridge[/bold] wrote: At present the planning is a joke. There is no consideration for improving the watery lane road yet this is where they want to build the vast amount of new houses in hullbridge. Anyone who uses this road is all to aware that the road floods after a little rain. Why is this not taken into consideration? Why is this not planned for? Why is it so difficult for Mr Hudson or Mr Francois to answer these questions? They have answers for everything but not this major point. We all know that new homes have to be built so this is not a "not in my back yard" complaint but this is major planning concern that has never been answered by any of the planners.[/p][/quote]Your right planning is a joke, Castlepoint Council have wasted so far in excess of £750.000 taxpayers pounds on a core strategy, the first one was thrown out by the Government inspector and the other was thrown together. If you believe playing the flooding card will help fight these latest plans then think again, Canvey is a flood risk zone 3 and it hasn't stopped the Council insisting on excess of 2000 dwellings to be passed. Lets not forget that these plans are only part of what is to come, over the next couple of years planning will be approved for lots more outside of the core strategy, the core strategy figure is only half of what is to come. While the Government will blind you with the reason of having to meet a shortage of housing, some will say its an easy route to kick starting the economy and progressively stabilizing future economic growth. A cop out in other words and local communities will suffer all that comes with it. iknowbetter
  • Score: 3

11:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

woolstone says...

I went along today to Mill Hall Rayleigh to look at the plans and was not impressed with what I saw. Speaking to some other people there it seems that residents are very angry with how this was done and that a gypsy/ travellers site is going to be allowed near to Rayleigh. This undemocratic council should ashamed of itself how it has acted with regarding the feelings of the residents of Rayleigh, it is about time the Cabinet should be dissolved as it is morally wrong, all councillors should have the same rights to represent their wards. Maybe it is time to take this issue further we could send letters to Eric Pickles to intercede, might just give us more time to express our views to overturn this decision, we can but hope. Please remember when the time comes to vote DO NOT vote for these tory councillors again they have become too complacent with Rayleigh.
I went along today to Mill Hall Rayleigh to look at the plans and was not impressed with what I saw. Speaking to some other people there it seems that residents are very angry with how this was done and that a gypsy/ travellers site is going to be allowed near to Rayleigh. This undemocratic council should ashamed of itself how it has acted with regarding the feelings of the residents of Rayleigh, it is about time the Cabinet should be dissolved as it is morally wrong, all councillors should have the same rights to represent their wards. Maybe it is time to take this issue further we could send letters to Eric Pickles to intercede, might just give us more time to express our views to overturn this decision, we can but hope. Please remember when the time comes to vote DO NOT vote for these tory councillors again they have become too complacent with Rayleigh. woolstone
  • Score: 1

7:51pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Seasider90 says...

So Rochford Council can find £2 million for consultants and spend £18k on a nice jolly out of our money. Well they've tried to sneak these plans through looking after their Tory donor friends. It has been alleged that one of the councillors has a relative who stands to make a fortune from the land? Well politicians should realise that people can and will take action. Enough people with cars could easily block council offices, the roads needed by the lorries. Disruption can be organised a 1000 different ways and there is plenty of people ready so that this council makes national headlines. I dare say there are plenty of others from outside the area ready to join the battle as well. The Tories will not be able to show their face in Rayleigh and God forbid if they knock on doors asking for votes.
So Rochford Council can find £2 million for consultants and spend £18k on a nice jolly out of our money. Well they've tried to sneak these plans through looking after their Tory donor friends. It has been alleged that one of the councillors has a relative who stands to make a fortune from the land? Well politicians should realise that people can and will take action. Enough people with cars could easily block council offices, the roads needed by the lorries. Disruption can be organised a 1000 different ways and there is plenty of people ready so that this council makes national headlines. I dare say there are plenty of others from outside the area ready to join the battle as well. The Tories will not be able to show their face in Rayleigh and God forbid if they knock on doors asking for votes. Seasider90
  • Score: 0

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