So this is where the Conservatives want to build between 150 – 250 homes (or maybe as many as 300) right beside Honeypot Lane, in a piece of land up to the A12 and neighbouring the Homesteads and Weald Road.
It’s funny, because in 2012 I reported this to local residents and they told me I was scaremongering. I wasn’t it seems, and it is still rotten news to report.
Our options on fighting this are limited – this will shortly go to consultation and I will, if re-elected in May, keep you informed of what’s going on, stage-by-stage, but if they continue to have an overwhelming majority on the council and this is what leader Cllr McKinlay has decided they will always be able to outvote us. Remember, councillors from as far away as West Horndon and Ingatestone will have an equal vote on your local area.
Cllr Newberry, Cllr Kendall and I will make representations on your behalf and I will ensure you know where to object.
Of course, I will be supporting residents and voting against these proposals as long as I am there to do so. The council will discuss these on 27 January.
This month, I spy applications in St James Road and London Road. I have already sent in my objection to the St James Road application on the grounds of overdevelopment, overpopulation and lack of parking:
Cllr John Newberry, my superb ward colleague, was awesome last week when he spoke on the above planning application on behalf of Brentwood West, as was the exceptionally good speaker Laura Ngo, who spoke on residents’ behalf.
Another 45 flats here would be, as he said, squeezing a quart into a pint pot and the committee listened and voted AGAINST!
Time and time again,we tell developers that we can’t fit any more large numbers of people in to this area – although there were some parking spaces – one for every two flats – this doesn’t take into account the fact that these residents would have shopping delivered, medical visitors and, oh yes, friends and family.
There’s also quite real concerns about the limited access to properties in St James Road and Rollason Way.
My colleagues also spoke in some detail about the problems that carers have parking there and placing them in danger, supporting the residents and the sustainability of Brentwood.
It’s worth watching THISbit of video, if not simply to see who is standing up for you but also for the classic piece of Tory living-in-a-fantasy world-nonsense spouted by new Tory councillor William Trump – apparently you should all just get on your bikes (not listening to the points made about visiting health professionals made by Cllr Morrissey!)
So, the whole process of planning notifications have changed – it’s a lot easier but it’s going to take me a little while to fathom out the best way to represent it, until it finds its level!
So, I have done a search for all current planning permissions sought in Brentwood West and it has produced the list below. Feel free to get in touch over any of these, none have yet been either approved or refused:
Westwood Avenue residents have their current MP Eric Pickles and his communities department to thank for dumping TWELVE houses in their back gardens after a five year fight came to a crushing end a couple of weeks ago.
For five years or more, I have fought with residents to stop this development and have halted a number of inappropriate developments of three, four, five houses and these have all been refused and upheld. But TWELVE well, that’s fine, according to Mr Pickles’ jolly old team!
We know that this will be a nightmare for residents in Westwood Avenue, Elm Way, Manor Way, west Park Hill and Westway as well as those in Kavanaghs Road that will have it to view from their back windows too. The additional cars, the proximity to the railway and the sheer over-development is going to cause problems…we have seen it all before.
It’s unbelievable that the Tories have today put out an election leaflet claiming to be against over-development but look at this, Rollason Way, Clements Park and Highwood Hospital….all on their watch and see who is really protecting our town.
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
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.
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.