Planning recommendations week ending 27th March 2015

 

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there is a recommendation in Warleywoods Crescent.

Please note THIS IS NOT yet a decision – I am able to refer to planning committee now.

1A Warleywoods Crescent: SINGLE STOREY SIDE EXTENSION.

 

Recommended for APPROVAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendation then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Tuesday 7th April 2015 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

For more information on the planning process, please see my advice here.

Planning recommendations week ending 6th March 2015

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are recommendations in South Weald Road and The Terlings.

Please note THESE ARE NOT yet decisions – I am able to refer to planning committee now.

15-17 South Weald Road: OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF 3 NEW RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS WITH ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPING, GARAGES AND CAR PARKING. (APPEARANCE, LANDSCAPING, LAYOUT AND SCALE ARE RESERVED MATTERS).

Recommended for REFUSAL

12 The Terlings: CONSTRUCTION OF PORCH

Recommended for APPROVAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendation then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Monday 16th March 2015 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

For more information on the planning process, please see my advice here.

Frozen: your council tax

So, The Accord Administration are not raising your council tax and we aren’t stopping any of your services either, mainly because we are beginning to generate revenue from council assets and we aren’t spending on Tory vanity projects and wasting cash on projects that will never get off the ground!  This is good news for all.  Here’s the official statement from Deputy Leader, Brentwood First’s Cllr William Lloyd:

I am proud that we are freezing our council tax and not our ambitions for the future of the Borough and our residents.

Not only are residents getting a freeze in Council Tax but also a freeze in fees and charges. We are supporting the most vulnerable in our community with the smallest possible increase in housing rents whilst delivering more than £950,000 worth of savings, creating £731,000 of new income; generating an additional investment of £247,000 in our services and a capital programme of £21.5 million.

It’s a forward looking budget that starts to build on the foundations and the strategies for the future. It proposes a range of investments to help create employment around the Borough including apprenticeships. It looks to generate much needed revenue income for the Council and once and for all be a Council that is entrepreneurial in its approach to its assets and management of its finances to support the overall running costs of the Council.

Planning recommendations week ending 27th February 2015

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are recommendations in Downsland Drive, Junction Road, Clements Park and Kings Road.

Please note THESE ARE NOT yet decisions – I am able to refer to planning committee now.

22 Downsland Drive: TWO STOREY SIDE AND REAR EXTENSION AND ENLARGED WINDOW TO LOUNGE.

Recommended for REFUSAL

Church House, Junction Road: DEMOLITION OF EXISTING GARAGE AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE STOREY FRONT EXTENSION WITH CANOPY TO FRONT, DOUBLE STOREY SIDE EXTENSION AND SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION

Recommended for REFUSAL

5 The Chapel, The Galleries: REPLACE EXISTING GLASS WINDOWS, FRAMES TO STAY THE SAME .

Recommended for REFUSAL

5 Drovers Mead: CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE-STOREY REAR EXTENSION.

Recommended for APPROVAL

147 Kings Road: CHANGE OF USE FROM RETAIL (CLASS A1) TO MASSAGE THERAPY CENTRE (CLASS D1)

Recommended for APPROVAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendation then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Monday 9th March 2015 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

For more information on the planning process, please see my advice here.

Parking Fees reduced!

 

 

one hour successParking charges to go down under the Accord Administration!

With the Lib Dems, I can’t remember a time when we weren’t fighting to make parking fees more reasonable!  Now we have done it – and the Tories voted AGAINST our plans!

We pulled this off by being fair – we introduced an overnight parking charge of £2 to capitalise on the TOWIE visitors.  This has yielded around £60,000 in income which has meant we can do the following:

  • Reduce the all day car parking fee from £10.50 to £8.00

  • Introduce a new Saturday workers fee of £4 in Westbury Road Car Park

  • Introduce a new £30 weekly charge in the William Hunter Way Car Park

This will take around ten weeks to introduce once it is advertised and consulted upon.

It is unbelievable that the Tories voted against on the basis that we hadn’t reduced it enough, despite them voting for a 117% increase in the one hour charge in 2012 (and that includes current Brentwood West Tory Cllr Will Russell, who’s up for re-election in May).

It’s also interesting to see that another Tory scaremongering activity didn’t come true.  Back in 2011, two days before I lost my seat, they put out a leaflet in Brentwood West saying that, should a night time charge be introduced then people would be forced in to the side streets to park and, therefore, we would all be wading around in “rivers of vomit”.  Yes, they put that on a leaflet and people believed it!  So, watch what they say when it comes to May’s elections!  It turns out not to be the case, so just as well no one opened up a Wellies Shop in anticipation.

 

Ward budget news: Flowers!

With just £190 left to spend in this year’s ward budget, we approached housing to see if there was anything we could do to help our elderly residents.

I am pleased to say we have now applied to spend that money at Chichester House for hanging baskets and Victoria Court for some plants for the communal gardens.

Planning recommendation week ending 20th February 2015

 

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there is an application in Kings Road and, despite there being no resident objections, I have referred it to committee myself:

POTENTIAL HOUSE 149 – 157 KINGS ROAD BRENTWOOD ESSEX CM14 4EG USE OF VACANT SECOND FLOOR OFFICES AS A HOUSE OF MULTIPLE OCCUPATION.

Recommended for APPROVAL

This is my email of referral:

 I am not satisfied that this meets the parking guidelines or that this will offer acceptable living accommodation for those who could potentially reside there.  No bath facilities are offered – only showers – and this does not seem appropriate.
I also feel that this is an application that will give rise to further accommodation conversions from office accommodation in an area that is already over-subscribed in terms of residential and will see a continual loss of office accommodation in the area around Brentwood station.
No provision has been made for parking or visitor parking – as well as no provision made for deliveries, health visitors, relatives  in an area that currently has serious parking availability issues.
No provision has been made for recycling or communal bin areas.
I am dubious about the increase in sewer provision  given the increase in toilet provision.
It states in the report that the property has been marketed since 2009, but in the application that the office use only ceased in 2012.  It also states no increase in residential units when this is an application to add 11 units?