I was alerted today to a messy Selwood Road following the recent gas works. Just to confirm that I have requested that this is cleaned up as soon as possible.
Today is the launch of the Strategic Growth Options Consultation – it might sound dull but it really is something you should read, consider and engage with by completing THIS response paper.
Listed in this consultation are all the sites to be considered for development because Brentwood Council is required to meet local housing needs. Evidence, from central government, suggests that need is around 360 new homes per year, or 5,500 new homes over a 15 year period. The capacity of brownfield sites in urban areas over 15 years is 2,500, some 3,000 short of total need and we have to find places to build them.
Please be absolutely clear that this is NOT necessarily where we, as the administration, WANT to develop and in some cases it would be good to see them totally and finally disregarded as sites for development. Although many Tory councillors will say differently as they accuse of us of trying to build in your back yard.
One clear example of this is Hopefield Animal Sanctuary…over my cold, dead body (and those of Cllr Aspinell, Newberry, Carter, Quirk, Mynott, Sapwell and many more) will anyone build anything here but the Tories are now whipping up a storm and saying that that is what we want. That’s not true. I will be making my own very strong representations on this one and this site will, I hope, be rejected as a development site. However, we leave this, or any inappropriate site, off the list for consideration and it is open season for any developer for fifteen years because it is left in a developmental abyss of “no status” and we cannot argue effectively against a housing proposal.
If a site has been considered and rejected as part of our local plan, that has more chance of holding up against a planning permission appeal.
The following sites are listed as Brentwood West, but you may want to look at the list for those near you that are in other wards that adjoin West (namely Brentwood North, Brentwood South, South Weald, Warley) and anything else that might be important to you:
- Land north of Highwood Close, Brentwood
- Land north of Highwood Close including St Georges Court, Brentwood
- Brentwood railway station car park
- Land at Honeypot Lane, Brentwood
- Westbury Road Car Park, Westbury Road, Brentwood
- Site on corner of High Street / Western Road, Brentwood (Former Napier Arms)
- Land adjacent and rear of 207-217 Crescent Road, Brentwood
- 18 Westbury Drive, Brentwood
- Land at Crescent Road (open space), Brentwood
- Victoria Court, Victoria Road, Brentwood
- Hubert Road Industrial Estate
- BT Offices, London Road, Brentwood
- La Plata Grove, Brentwood
- 14-16 Westwood Avenue, Brentwood
I also think it is worth pointing out these, in South Weald ward that are near West (but not all of them in that ward):
- Land rear of The Bull Public House, Brook Street, Brentwood
- Land adjacent 50 Spital Lane, Brentwood
- Brook Street employment area
- Academy Place, Brook Street/Spital Lane, Brentwood
and these in Warley ward that are near West (but not all of them in that ward):
- Former Mascalls Hospital, Mascalls Lane, Warley
- Land adjacent to Carmel, Mascalls Lane, Warley
- Land adjacent Hill Cottage, Warley Road, and Mill House, Mascalls Lane, Warley
Once again, please be absolutely clear these are not our intended or favoured sites – they are for consideration and we need your input so we can reject those that are just WRONG!
As an example, let’s look at 14-16 Westwood Avenue. To my knowledge, there have been four recent attempts at putting an inappropriate development here. There is no way I want this to be a development site so I will ensure that my feelings are known based on the work I have done with residents in Westwood Avenue. That being done, should it be rejected as a site for development, it makes it much easier to say NO next time a greedy developer tries to build half a dozen houses there. If it is not included – open season….we stand no chance.
My views on the other sites are varied – some may be appropriate and some certainly aren’t. I am not here for my personal opinion though – I am here to represent you and to form a view based on weighing up the views of the people I represent. So please let me know what you think and let me argue for you but, the most important thing you can do is to take part in this consultation and make sure you get the Brentwood you want in the future.
I am here for advice and discussion if you need me – the consultation ends on 17th February 2015.
Over the weekend, each household will receive a letter addressed to whoever is on the council tax account about the William Hunter Way consultation and here’s why…
On 1st September 2014, after the failure of the former Tory administration’s town centre development (along with eight wasted years and hundreds of thousands of pounds) the Accord administration launched a very genuine consultation – developed in consultation with local residents – that would go to every household in the borough. It was initially launched online with a paper consultation planned to go through every door.
All was going to plan until a couple of weeks ago when we started to get calls and emails from residents to say they hadn’t received the consultation paper – what’s worse is that this was in areas very close to the site such as Wellesley Road, Weald Road, Gerrard Crescent and huge areas in Warley.
We hoped this would right itself but, with a week to go until the consultation ends in the past week we were still hearing this from our residents and a lengthy conversation on www.streetlife.com confirmed our worst fears.
On Saturday Cllr Russell Quirk, chair of the William Hunter Way Working Group (WHWWG), called an urgent meeting of this group tonight (6th October). Councillors Quirk, Baker, Mynott, Sapwell and I met with officers at 7pm to discuss how this was going to be sorted out.
And sort it we did.
- The deadline for the consultation is to be extended to 5th November 2014.
- Every resident on the council tax register will now receive a letter reminding/informing them to complete this important survey
- They will be able to complete it on line or have a survey sent to them
- We will ask for further help from the Brentwood Gazette, Brentwood Weekly News and Phoenix FM (which may include taking out advertisements)
I am so pleased that we have been able to find a way to promote this consultation further at this late stage. What’s better is that these “belt and braces” actions still keep us well within budget for the consultation project and assures residents that we have done everything we can to make sure every one of them has an opportunity to give us their views on the future of their town.
Make no mistake – this is important as it is about the long term future of the town which is why we are not taking it lightly.”
However, even with this unfortunate series of – now solved – problems, officers have confirmed that with well over 2,000 responses already this is the best response for a Brentwood resident consultation since records began.
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.
So, it’s nearly time to vote! If you don’t know where to vote on Thursday 22nd May, here’s my guide:
There are four polling stations in Brentwood West, they will be on your polling card, but just in case, here’s a map for each:
Victoria Court, Victoria Road (Polling card numbers starting CA)
Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way (Polling card numbers starting CB)
South Weald Parish Hall, London Road (Polling card numbers starting CC)
Baptist Church, Kings Chase (Polling card numbers starting CD)
If you are unsure which polling district you are in, need to return a postal vote on the day or have any other queries, just call me on 07774 248362.
I have also listed all the roads in the ward along with the polling station:
|Ashford Avenue||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Batemans Mews||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|Belvedere Road||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Brook Road||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Burntwood||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Chase Road||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Crescent Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Cromwell Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Deans Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Downsland Drive||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Drover’s Mead||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|Elm Way||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Fairfield Road||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Fantasia Court||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|Firsgrove Crescent||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Firsgrove Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Gerrard Crescent||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Greensleeves Drive||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|Halfhides||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Hanover Place||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|High Street||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Hill Road||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Hillside Walk||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Hive Close||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Honeypot Lane||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Hospital Cottages||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Junction Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Kavanaghs Road||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Kavanaghs Terrace||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Kings Chase||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Kings Road||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Kipling Close||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|La Plata Grove||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Langley Drive||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Lark Close||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|Link Way Road||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|London Road||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Lorne Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Manor Way||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Milton Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Oldfields||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Osborne Heights||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|Pastoral Way||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|Pennyfields||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Potiphar Place||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|Railway Square||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Red Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Rhapsody Crescent||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|Rollason Way||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Selwood Road||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Sir Francis Way||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|South Weald Road||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Spital Lane (nos 41-51)||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|St. James Road||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|St. Peter’s Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Sussex Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Talbrook||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Tallis Way||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|The Beeches||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|The Chase, Cromwell Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|The Mount||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|The Terlings||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Tower Hill||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Vaughan Williams Way||Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way|
|Victoria Road||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Wansford Close||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Warley Hill||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Warleywoods Crescent||Victoria Court, Victoria Road|
|Weald Close||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Weald Road||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|West Park Hill||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Westbury Drive||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Westbury Road||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
|Westway||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Westwood Avenue||South Weald Parish Hall, London Road|
|Wharf Road||Baptist Church, Kings Chase|
Amongst some of the potholes we have reported:
- In Kings Chase, having been reported as one single pothole by me a year ago, there are now about six craters – http://www.fixmystreet.com/report/387801
- In Kings Road, a small defect is now a massive defect.
- In Selwood Road, about five have been reported
- In High Street, near Westbury Road, the ones that got “patched up” last year have, surprise surprise, come back again. And they’ve had baby potholes too!
I know there are hundreds, but we are just getting routinely ignored.
I have also reported The Avenue to Cllr David Kendall. It’s not on the ward but it is so dangerous – it is crater-to-crater from Ingrave Road to Eagle Way and I know this is a route many parents use to go from Warley to Ingrave Johnstone School in the morning so, it is a problem for my residents. This is a Priority One route so it should be repaired – especially as I know of two accidents down there already.
Cast your mind back to Friday 1st October 2012, I was there on a cold, rainy morning at 9am with a council officer and my ward colleagues discussing a number of things following us saving Cromwell Road Play Area from the hands of greedy developers.
It was a good meeting – we were to look into an additional site, improving the current area and adding some educational play boards.
Has anything happened since. Nope. Despite me chasing it up on a regular basis.
This is a record that I see with the Tories – keep talking about these things but never actually committing to anything or moving things along. So, after 14 months of zero activity I asked Tory Cllr Jan Pound to put it on her agenda, so it could be agree by councillors and actioned ASAP.
Yet again another flurry of words from me that you may have seen before on two previous posts:
“I received a reply this morning telling me that wasn’t going to happen because it wasn’t in the budget for 2013/14 and it will have to go in to next year’s committee agenda. Once again, stalling tactics hoping that I will forget or they’ll see me off at a future election (because, this happened before and projects came to a crashing halt).
This doesn’t make sense because to be agreed for the 2014/15 budget then it needs to have been agreed so funding can be found for it – the budget setting meeting is just two months away. Not doing this means that it is kicked on until 2015/16 at the earliest – but they haven’t actually been able to pull on their big girl/boy panties once again (see previous related post) and make a decision.
But there’s a curious angle to this one – the officer concerned says there is no budget available and yet, there jolly well is. There are tens of thousands in Section 106 agreement monies generated from the developments in Rollason Way and St James Road. They are ring fenced for play area provision and, I do believe, that any need in Brentwood West should be met before these are spent in any other area of the borough. This could easily fund what we are proposing here.
When I was chair of Overview & Scrutiny before the Tories decided to have my head on a plate on spurious and evil grounds, I asked for a report on all the S106 monies. I was expecting this report in June and yet, by October it had still not materialised (even though I had seen a rough draft) due to a number of odd reasons…..is this where the bodies were buried?
Are the Tories planning another pet project elsewhere to bolster their chances of electoral success? Remember, last year an amount of £165,000 was found and shoved in the budget with no discussion, debate or council decision because the Tories wanted to make sure they kept hold of their Hutton seats. Yet apparently they cannot find, or even discuss at the relevant committee, the use of £3,000 to improve play provision after all the disruption that Brentwood West and Warley residents have had to put up with in the last ten years of construction.
So, it seems, as far as the Tories are concerned, the children who live in my ward can go whistle…..while they work!
In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications in South Weald Road, Westway, Langley Drive and La Plata Grove.
Please note these are NOT yet decisions – I am able to refer to planning committee now.
15 & 17 South Weald Road: Recommended for APPROVAL
OUTLINE APPLICATION (ACCESS, LAYOUT AND SCALE) FOR
CONSTRUCTION OF 4 NO. DETACHED DWELLINGS INCLUDING 2 DETACHED
GARAGES AND FORMATION OF NEW PRIVATE DRIVE. DEMOLITION OF 2
EXISTING GARAGES AND ERECTION OF 2 NEW GARAGES FOR 15 AND 17
SOUTH WEALD ROAD. (APPEARANCE AND LANDSCAPING RESERVED
PLEASE NOTE DUE TO THE WEIGHT OF OBJECTION AGAINST THIS DEVELOPMENT AND MY VIEW THAT THIS IS OVER-DEVELOPMENT WITH SEVERE RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE HOMESTEADS AND BRENTWOOD I HAVE ALREADY REQUESTED THAT IT BE REFERRED TO COMMITTEE FOR FINAL DECISION.
4 West Way: Recommended for approval
DEMOLITION OF EXISTING GARAGE. SINGLE STOREY SIDE EXTENSION,
SINGLE STOREY FRONT EXTENSION. LOFT CONVERSION WITH HIP TO
GABLE ROOF AND REAR DORMER EXTENSION. (REVISED SCHEME TO
OMIT UPPER STOREY OF SIDE EXTENSION)
10 Langley Drive: Recommended for approval
INCREASE IN HEIGHT OF ROOF TOGETHER WITH FIRST FLOOR AND TWO
STOREY EXTENSION TO FRONT, FIRST FLOOR EXTENSION TO REAR AND
DORMER WINDOWS TO FRONT AND REAR (EXTENSION OF TIME TO
29 La Plata Grove: Recommended for approval
EXTENSION OF TIME TO PLANNING APPLICATION REFERENCE
10/00636/FUL – DEMOLISH EXISTING SIDE EXTENSION AND CONSTRUCT
TWO STOREY SIDE EXTENSION
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 7th October 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.
….that John Newberry (AKA Newbers) will be Brentwood West’s Liberal Democrat candidate for 2014.
I am very excited about the prospect of John joining me as councillor for Brentwood West next year and, those of you that have met him so far will appreciate his integrity and community spirit. Here’s why I am s delighted:
About John Newberry
John, a grandfather, is a former Brentwood Police Sergeant, having spent 14 years stationed at Brentwood before his retirement here in 2000. It’s here at Brentwood that he got the nickname “Newbers”!
John now has his own counselling practice.
He also worked for two years with Essex County Council on setting up successful projects in relation to student behaviour on school transport.
He also ran a Home & Garden maintenance business in Brentwood.
John is a committed Christian and has worked with young children helping them in becoming young ambassadors for their community.
He ran a number of marathons for animal charities in his younger days (pictured: John running the London Marathon for the PDSA)!
Of his selection as Brentwood West candidate, John said:
“I really feel it is like coming home – I thoroughly enjoyed working in the ward at Brentwood Police Station in London Road and living in La Plata Grove.
“As your borough councillor I would be able to bring all my skills together and ensure that all residents of Brentwood West are listened to regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, beliefs – everyone needs to be listened to and I do not feel that the Conservatives are doing this.
“I am passionate about working with and supporting my local community.
“I also really look forward to working with two hardworking councillors – borough councillor Karen Chilvers and county councillor David Kendall. Brentwood West is the most heavily populated ward in Brentwood and, Karen in particular, could do with some help and support with the huge caseload. I can bring some new skills on community building, tackling anti-social behaviour and building an even better place to live.”
Sounds like he’s perfect to be West’s councillor!
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