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.

Planning applications week ending 4th July 2014

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

None for Brentwood West this week!

Planning recommendations week ending 27 June 2014

July 3rd, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

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APOLOGIES FOR THE LATENESS OF THIS POSTING…

In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications in Copper Beeches (Warley Hill), Hill Road and Vaughan Williams Way.  There is also some news about the planning application in South Weald Road.

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

6 Copper Beeches: COPPER BEECH – CROWN REDUCTION.

Recommended for APPROVAL

20 Hill Road: PART SINGLE STOREY, PART TWO STOREY EXTENSIONS TO THE FRONT,
SIDE AND REAR

Recommended for APPROVAL

100 Vaughan Williams Way: CONSTRUCTION OF SINGLE GARAGE TO FRONT TOGETHER WITH THE CHANGE OF USE OF THE EXISTING STUDIO ANNEXE INTO A SELF CONTAINED DWELLING UNIT AND CONSTRUCTION OF FENCE TO FRONT

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 7 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 APPEAL RECEIVED

I am sorry to report that the council has received an appeal against the refusal of 15 & 17 South Weald Road.  I can assure you only at this stage that the council will defend its decision vigorously and that I will keep you fully updated but that is all I know now.

 

Facebook for Brentwood

June 23rd, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

I am pleased to say that Brentwood Council is now using its Facebook account…it’s been dormant for ages under the Tories for some time, but the Accord Administration do want you to communicate with us and know what’s going on!  Here it is… https://www.facebook.com/brentwoodcouncil?fref=ts

All the fun of the fair

June 23rd, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

strawberry fairstrawberry fair 2 Vicky strawberry fairI was delighted to be at the Strawberry Fair as Committee Chair responsible on Saturday – it was great fun and everyone had a lovely day.  Also fantastic to see the new mayor, Cllr Vicky Davies, presenting an award and talking to everyone who came along!  Cllr John Newberry also came along!

As it turned out, I ever got around to having any strawberries, but I did manage a big bag of donuts!  I hope you had a good time too.

Planning application in Pennyfields

June 23rd, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

Just a reminder that I am at Planning Committee tomorrow speaking about the application for 5 Pennyfields.  7pm at the Town Hall if you wish to come along.

We are in Accord!

June 15th, 2014 by Cllr Karen Chilvers | Comment?

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I am delighted to say that, last Wednesday evening, we removed the inept, stifling Tory dictatorship from power.  In a somewhat historic move, Brentwood Council is now under the leadership of an “Accord” comprising 11 Lib Dem councillors, 4 Brentwood First councillors, 3 Labour councillors and the independent councillor Roger Keeble.

cllr-barry-aspinell-4Cllr william LloydCllr Barry Aspinell (Lib Dem) is Leader and Cllr William Lloyd (Brentwood First) is Deputy Leader.

We also elected Cllr Vicky Davies (Lib Dem) as Mayor and Cllr Roger Keeble (Ind) as Deputy Mayor (Vicky pictured above with her husband/consort Alan Davies).  If you want Madam Mayor to attend your event, you can request that here.

I will be chairing the Community Committee (with Brentwood First’s Cllr Jo Squirrell as my vice-chair), Cllr David Kendall will be chair of the Business & Town Centres Committee and Cllr Newberry will be leading on Crime and Disorder.

Accord 1We agreed the Accord on the day after the election when we found ourselves with 19 combined councillors – one more than the Conservatives but it is not opportunism or vanity that binds us together – it is a wish to do what’s best for Brentwood whisked up with a lot of friendship and more than a smidgen of respect. We have seen the Tories arrogantly ride roughshod over the residents of Brentwood and, over the last 18 months, have worked together to highlight this to them…but they’ve never listened and so here we are – putting right what once went wrong.

If you think we won’t get results, think again.  We have already clawed back £16,000 in revenue they failed to claim and reduced councillor allowances by £3,242.  Almost £20,000 back in the coffers and we’ve been in control two working days!

If you want to hear the new Leader’s statement then you can see it here.  If you want to know more about the Accord, we now have our own website.

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