Securing a future for Hopefield (we hope)

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I have called an urgent meeting of my Community Committee on Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 6.45pm with one agenda item – making Hopefield Animal Sanctuary a Community Asset.  It is a public meeting at the Town Hall so please come along and show your support for Hopefield and this important step in protecting it.  The agenda will be published HERE on Monday.

I was on Phoenix FM today talking about it.  Our vision in the Lib Dems, headed by Cllr Barry Aspinell, is to expand and enhance Hopefield to make it a tourist attraction and one of the first steps is to protect it as a Community Asset.  This means that Tesco would not be able to sell the land without telling Hopefield and we would then have six months to raise the funds (you can give them a head start by making a donation here).

The other issue surrounding Hopefield is the fact that it is an identified site in the consultation on the future of Brentwood.  I would like to see this site rejected as a potential development site and we need you to let us know if you agree with us.  Have your say HERE.

Cllr Aspinell would like to see the land changed to recreation and Hopefield also want this – you can sign the petition HERE.

So, a recap for all Hopefield lovers:

1. Attend the meeting at the Town Hall on 27/01 at 6.45pm OR watch the webcast OR write to me in support.

2. Complete the consultation having your say on the Hopefield land and how it should be designated.

3. Sign the petition

4. Join the Hopefield Facebook site- https://www.facebook.com/hopefieldsanctuary?fref=ts or follow them on Twitter @Hopefield_Essex

5. Donate!

THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE ANIMALS!

Homesteads – the stress continues

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Here we go again.   No sooner was the appeal against the decision made last November dropped, a new application went in.  This time, it is for “outline permission” so, basically the same thing as before but by stealth.

We are waiting for an officer recommendation on this but residents can be assured that Cllr Newberry and I will be fighting this.

In the meantime, I am working with residents on the positives and negatives of making this area a Conservation Area in time for its Centenary next year.

Planning recommendations week ending 27 June 2014

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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.

 

Brunel House: my request is denied

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I am sorry to say that the Tory Chair and Vice-Chair of planning (Cllr Ann Coe and Cllr Linda Golding – both up for election this year) have refused me my right to refer a planning recommendation to the Planning Committee.  The application is this one, in St James Road.

This is the email I received from officers:

Your request to refer planning application reference 14/00017/FUL Brunel House, St James Road has been reviewed by the Chair, VCh and Acting Head of Planning.  It has been concluded that due to the restricted scope for member decision on this item, it being a decision on whether or not to permit an extension of time to a condition attached to a previous decision and, in view of the very challengeable nature of a refusal, which would probably be regarded as unreasonable, the Chairman agreed yesterday that this was not appropriate for referral.

The referral has therefore not been accepted and the decision notice will be issued as recommended.

I am appalled that I have been denied the right to speak to the committee on your behalf once again (this has happened to me once before and I am not aware of it happening to any other councillor) and residents have been denied the chance to outline their issues to the committee.  I have appealed, but I suspect this will fall on deaf Tory ears.

It means that the application to extend this planning permission will be extended for another three years, taking the permission up to twelve years in length.

This does not, of course, take into account the changes in this area – the parking problems and additional homes built since 2005.  The only thing we can hope is that if it hasn’t been built in nine years, perhaps it just isn’t viable.

I am sorry everyone, I tried my best, but they will do anything to undermine me I’m afraid.

 

Eagle-eyed resident spies a new issue….

secrecy…I was alerted today to a planning sign, or not as it happens, by local blogger Paul Downie (@cuddy2977 on Twitter).

After checking the facts he’s jolly well right, it’s another laughable consultation from our lovable Tory council, here’s the issue:

  • There’s a planning application in St James’ Road from a large developer (to extend the time allowed to build an already agreed office block)
  • The “consultation period” ended today, 21st February 2014
  • Paul alerted me to the fact that the yellow notice was no longer there (blown away or removed?) at lunchtime today
  • It seems the notice was removed
  • The recommendation appeared on the council’s list today.

So, tell me (and I have asked, believe me) how the council was able to weigh up ALL the pros, cons, letters of support, objections on the very day the consultation ended in time to write a report and publish it at midday?

Well done Mr Downie!

Planning applications week ending 7th February 2014

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications in Linkway Road and osborne Heights.

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

7 Linkway Road – REDUCE CROWN.

Recommended for APPROVAL

24 Osborne Heights – RETENTION OF INFILLING OF CAR PORT AND CONVERSION OF GARAGE TO HABITABLE ACCOMMODATION

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 17th February 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 w.e. 13th December 2013

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications in St James Road and Warleywoods Crescent.

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

1 St Jams Road – CHANGE OF USE FROM OFFICE TO DENTAL PRACTICE TO INCLUDE OSTEOPATHY AND PHYSIOTHERAPY

Recommended for APPROVAL

19 Warleywoods Crescent – T1 WILLOW – CROWN REDUCE, REDUCING HEIGHT FROM 15M TO 10M

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 23rd December 2013 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

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

Stop trying to grab back gardens for housing PLEASE

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Not for the first time, #BrentwoodWest residents find themselves fighting to stop someone shoehorning in houses into a back garden.  I have seen these applications fail in Westwood Avenue, Crescent Road and Western Avenue and now, hopefully, this one in South Weald Road will also fail.  Four houses shoved down the back of a house with a new road for good measure is just not on in this desirable Brentwood estate.

If not, one of the Brentwood West councillors (who are all joining the residents campaign, cross party) will call this into committee.  I, as one of those, will be speaking against it in the most strongest of terms.

We had a little gathering and photo on Sunday morning on the green and it was fantastic to see so many residents there.

Lovely to catch up with new and familiar faces – it was like a little party!!!

Planning recommendations week ending 6th September 2013

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there is just one application at the junction of Crescent Road and Warley Hill, which affects both roads.

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

2 Crescent Road –  CHANGE OF USE FROM B1 (BUSINESS) TO A3 (FOOD & DRINK) RETAIN A5 (TAKEAWAY).

This is the narrative, which explains a bit more about what is proposed:

Change of use from B1 (Business) to A3 (Food and Drink). This application proposes the connection of this unit with 17 Warley Hill which is currently in takeaway use. (A5).
The change of use will allow the existing takeaway use at 17 Warley Hill to increase its footprint without extension in order to gain additional floorspace for customers who wish to eat at the premises.

– 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 17th September 2013 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 30th August 2013

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there is just one application in Kavanaghs Road.

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

14 Kavanaghs Road –  DROPPED KERB AND FORMATION OF DRIVEWAY – 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 9th September 2013 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

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