Planning recommendations week ending 15th August 2014

August 21st, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there is an application in South Weald Road:

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

26 South Weald Road: DEMOLISH EXISTING GARAGE AND CONSTRUCTION OF TWO STOREY SIDE EXTENSION AND SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION.

Recommended for APPROVAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendations then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Tuesday 26 2014 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 8th August 2014

August 9th, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications in High Street and Hillside Walk:

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

11 Hillside Walk: DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUNGALOW, CONSTRUCTION OF NEW DWELLINGHOUSE, AND FORMATION OF REVISED VEHICLE ACCESS FROM HIGHWAY.

149C – 151 High Street: DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUNGALOW, CONSTRUCTION OF NEW DWELLINGHOUSE, AND FORMATION OF REVISED VEHICLE ACCESS FROM HIGHWAY.

 

 

Recommended for REFUSAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendations then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Monday 18 August 2014 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

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

William Hunter Way – it’s OVER TO YOU!

August 7th, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

Many residents are concerned that they will again be told what’s going in William Hunter Way without any choice.  Not so!

The Brentwood Accord held the second meeting of the William Hunter Way working group in the car park itself on Monday, and there’ll be another meeting next Monday at 6.30pm at the Town Hall to finalise the consultation paper.

Brentwood residents are invited to attend this meeting.

This consultation paper will go through every door in the borough for their thoughts, with weighting given to those who live closest to the site.  Music to the ears of those in Weald Road, Tower Hill, High Street and Sir Francis Way I’m sure!

Please participate – unlike the last administration The Brentwood Accord are listening!  Read more here.

 

 

Tesco Warley Hill – a little progress on the chaos

August 7th, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes on your behalf to improve things at Tesco and I was pleased to get this detailed email from County Cllr David Kendall and Cllr John Newberry after they met with Tesco earlier today on behalf of all residents in the area:

Proposals to be worked up by Tesco and SEPP (to improve the situation not solve it)
1) Double yellow lines to be installed from outside the front of the shop by the alleyway to the telegraph pole at the end of the low fence outside the first residential property after the shops. David spoke to the Angling shop and the Shutter shop owners and they are both supportive of the action being taken.
2) Two additional bollards to be installed on the pavement on the  Angling shop side of the store to stop shoppers using the pavement as an extra parking space.
3) Tesco to relocate the disabled parking bay from the rear of the car park to the space nearest the front of the car park.
4) Tesco to stop shoppers parking alongside the wall of the store and blocking cars in. This will be done by introducing a yellow cross hatch box which says space for deliveries only.
5) Tesco to talk to the owners of the car park at the rear of the Angling shop and the shutter shop with a view to leasing 6/7 of the spaces to give them more parking capacity for Tesco shoppers. The owners of the Angling shop and the Shutter shop own the car park and told David this morning they are up for having a discussion.
6)  Tesco to ensure that only their smallest delivery lorries servicing the store
7) SEPP to step up enforcement outside the shop at different times of the day and I’ve said that when the double yellow lines are installed we will get the press involved to help get the message across.
8) The parking survey in Hampden Crescent is going to  be undertaken by SEPP in September.
9) ECC to undertake a second pedestrian crossing survey further down the road to see if the numbers meet their criteria. This will be done in September.
There was general agreement all round that the above measures would help tackle some of the problems associated with the store but would not solve them all. It is going to take time to pull some of these things together but I would hope that if Tesco pay for the TRO and double yellow lines and the two bollards as they indicated we will soon be able to get them moving.

Not enough hours in the day!

August 2nd, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

Limited edition Centenary candle

It’s fair to say it’s been a busy few weeks!  What I haven’t shared with regular readers of this blog is that, as part of The Brentwood Accord Administration, I am now chair of a committee – the Community Committee in fact.  Not a bad one – parks, fun and giveaways are on the agenda as well as lots of serious things.  As this is a cross-party administration, Brentwood First’s Cllr Mrs Jo Squirrell is my vice-chair.

  • One of the first things I did was try to ensure that organisations knew about community funding that could be accessed, you can read about it here.
  • I then made a significant change to the consultation for King George’s Park – up until now only Warley councillors have been consulted on matters in the park despite 8% of it being in Brentwood South and the residential part included!  That change was made as I moved that a long term strategy for the park is commenced, unanimously supported!
  • Thanks to a suggestion from Labour’s Cllr Julie Morrissey, I have arranged for the Town Hall lights to go out on Monday 4th August as part of the Royal British Legion’s WW1 Commemorations.
  • Arranged for the most appropriate people – Nurse Cllr Vicky Davies (Lib Dem) and radiographer Cllr Olivia Sanders (Conservative) to be the council’s representatives on the Brentwood Health & Wellbeing Board.
  • Got agreement for a borough wide bulletin to go out with all the latest news including details of the William Hunter Way consultation.

So, what you get with The Accord is the best of everyone and the worst of no-one, as you can see from the non -tribal way I am approaching my remit.

You can find out more about what The Accord are doing here.

 

 

Westwood Avenue – good news!

August 2nd, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

Westwood avenue replaced signWell, sometimes the impossible does happen!  Essex County Council has bowed to pressure from Lib Dem County Cllr David Kendall and said that they WILL repeat the speed survey in Westwood Avenue.  The previous one, was in the opinion of your Lib Dem councillors and residents, in the wrong place.  David said:

Following my meeting with the Cabinet Member for Highways Cllr Rodney Bass I am pleased to say that I have been able to get agreement for another speed survey to be undertaken in Westwood Avenue. This time I have requested that the speed wires are placed on the straight sections of the road to give a more accurate reflection of the speeds that vehicles are doing.

It may take a few weeks for the new survey to be done but at least you know it’s in the pipeline. I will let you know when the results come through. In the meantime if you would like to clarify any points please let me know.

Planning recommendations week ending 18th July 2014

July 20th, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there is an application in London Road.

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

108 London Road: PART TWO STOREY, PART SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION SINGLE STOREY SIDE EXTENSION, BASEMENT EXTENSION AND FRONT PORCH.

Recommended for APPROVAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendations then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Monday 28 July 2014 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 11th July 2014

July 11th, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications in Kavanaghs Road and Westwood Avenue.

Please note these are NOT yet decisions – I am able to refer to planning committee now.

Kymla, Kavanaghs Road: CONSTRUCTION OF A PART TWO/SINGLE STOREY SIDE EXTENSION
(DEMOLITION OF THE EXISTING DETACHED GARAGE)

Recommended for APPROVAL

56 Westwood Avenue: SINGLE STOREY REAR AND TWO STOREY SIDE EXTENSIONS

Recommended for APPROVAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendations then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Monday 21 July 2014 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

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

Not great news for The Homesteads…..

July 6th, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

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Last year, we defeated an application in South Weald Road that would have changed the face of this beautiful estate forever.  Despite the mass resident protest and a unanimous decision, the applicant has appealed the decision.

Cllr John Newberry and I will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with residents in an effort to have this appeal dismissed.

NO TO BACK GARDEN DEVELOPERS IN BRENTWOOD.

Not great news for Westwood Avenue…

July 6th, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

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Developers and Tory councillors are not being kind to the good folk of Westwood Avenue and the surrounding roads.

8, 14 and 16 Westwood Avenue: back garden planning application

The developers have written to councillors to say they are now ready to submit their application demolish Number 16 and replace it with 12 new dwellings (5 two bed, 5 three bed and 2 three bed detached houses).Remember, we got a development of three four bedroom houses on the same site refused last year and it is incredulous that they are now looking to build TWELVE houses on the same site. It hasn’t, to my knowledge, been submitted just yet and I will let you know as soon as I do.  I can assure you that Cllr John Newberry and I will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with residents in objecting to this proposal.A resident consultation will start once it is received, I would suggest some of the reasons to object could be:

  • The quality of life of those occupants living so close to the railway – especially in light of Crossrail.
  • Parking is at a premium in Westwood Avenue, Kavanaghs Road and the adjacent streets.  Twelve additional homes could lead to extra cars – not just from those who live there but from their friends, deliveries etc. leading to significantly increased car movements too.
  • The removal of your view on the evens side of Westwood and the odds side of Kavanaghs
  • Over-development of a small area and the pressure on local services
  • Access and egress and safety concerns of cars pulling out into an already heavily parked road.
  • The fact that Essex County Council have estimated a current rate of 540 car movements along the road each day and this will take it to around 600.
  • It will change the ambience of the area and open up the whole area to similar developments.
Just to clarify the process, once received officers will make a recommendation for approval or refusal.  This will go on a weekly list and councillors are able to refer this to committee and, at that time, the 15 members of that committee will make a majority decision.  If this should be recommended for approval, John or I will be referring it.

Speeding survey concluded: “does not qualify for speed restrictions” says Essex County Council (we disagree)

A message from County Cllr David Kendall on the recent speeding survey in Westwood Avenue:

“I am informed that the combined average daily 85 percentile speed over the seven days was 24.8mph. The Highways officers have told me that this speed does not warrant any traffic calming or speed reduction measures being introduced in Westwood Avenue as per the County Council’s speeding criteria. 
“I know this news will leave you feeling very frustrated but the County Council will only introduce speed reduction measures on evidence based statistics. On a more positive note Cllr John Newberry does have access to a speed watch camera that can be used by residents to try and deter speeding in residential roads. If you are interested in getting together to use this camera please let John know.
“I know some concerns were expressed by residents regarding where the speed survey wires were placed in Westwood Avenue and these were passed onto officers. If you would like to clarify any points regarding the speed survey please let me know.”A number of residents have elected to contact the Tory councillor, Roger Bass, direct to voice their concerns. Unfortunately, he does have a record of “binning” resident letters, but his contact details are here.
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