Priory Business Strategy Submitted to TDC for Approval (click here for formatted version)

As part of the agreement to permit the enabling development reached at the second public inquiry, the Priory owners were required to submit a Business Strategy to TDC detailing how the main heritage assets at the Priory would be restored over the agreed period of 10 years.  It includes funding from the approved enabling development, grants and commercial funding matched against restoration costs. The Priory owners, in conjunction with the St Osyth Priory and Parish Trust, submitted this strategy for approval by TDC Planning Committee at its meeting on 12th March 2019.  At the start of proceedings, the Chief Planning Officer stated that following a number of meetings over the past 18 months they were in agreement on the proposed use of the buildings for a number of enterprises but there was no agreement on how the financial shortfall should be funded.  This amounts to between £26.5M and £32,4M depending on the amount of grant funding that might be obtained.  The strategy as submitted relies heavily on further enabling development throughout the District to raise sufficient funds.  However, the strategy did not identify the sites or scale of any such developments or the associated funds that would be generated.  The one site identified was Foot’s Farm on the outskirts of Little Clacton where a proposed 245 dwellings would contribute £1.76M which gave a measure of what would be required.  Committee members expressed concerns that if this were scaled up it might equate to several thousands of houses and if they approved the Strategy, they would be morally compelled to grant permission for these houses on sites as yet unknown. ...

New Application for Houses and Public Car Park on Warren Farm Land (click here for fully formatted version)

Application 18/00958/OUT:  This application was made in June 2018 and resulted in numerous objections as well as a few supporting comments.  TDC notified previous objectors on 9th March 2019 that a revised application had been received and details were posted on their website and available for comment.  Briefly, a new plan was appended to the original application showing the housing moved behind the car park on the field to the left of the lane when walking towards the Mill Pond.  This occupied most of that field down to the farm buildings. However, after two days, the application (original one and the amendment) completely disappeared.  When asked about this, the planning department of TDC said this was because it was “invalid for the fee“.  However, that does not explain why the original application, together with all documents and comments is no longer displayed! Watch this...

SOS 2019 AGM (click here for fully formatted version)

The AGM is on Monday 11th March (NOT 4th as previously advertised) in the village hall annex starting at 7.30. The agenda is given below. AGM Agenda Introduction by Chairman. Minutes of Previous Meeting – Monday 12th March 2018. Matters Arising from Minutes. Report of Treasurer and Presentation of Audited Accounts. Report of Secretary. Report on Fundraising Activities by Vice Chairman. Consideration of Resolutions. Resignation of the Current Committee. Election of Executive Committee for the coming year – Chairman, Vice Chairman/Events Organiser, Secretary, Treasurer. Any resolutions or nominations, duly endorsed, for posts on the executive committee (Chairman, Vice Chairman/Events Organiser, Secretary, and Treasurer) should be sent to ‘SOS Secretary, 27 Mill Street’ or via email to saveourstosyth@btinternet.com.  These should arrive by Friday 22nd February.  Following the AGM there will be the opportunity for questions and an informal discussion on the current situation and future fund-raising events. We hope as many people as possible will be able to attend. Any volunteers who would wish to join our Working Group will be welcomed.  We meet approximately once a month on a Monday...

TDC Decision on Progress of Priory Restoration Business Plan (click here for fully formatted version)

The TDC Planning Committee hava an item concerning the Priory on the agenda for their meeting on 12th March concerning the newly published business plan for progressing the restoration of the Priory. As part of the agreement reached at the second public inquiry in 2015 to permit the enabling development, the Priory owners were required to submit a Business Strategy to TDC detailing how the main heritage assets at the Priory would be restored over the agreed period of 10 years.  This has now been submitted for consideration by TDC Planning Committee at its meeting on Tuesday 12th March.  It shows that further enabling development will be needed throughout the district to complete the restoration project.  The Officers’ Report published in advance of the meeting recommends that the Business Strategy as submitted is not accepted.  The reasons for and against are far too long and complex to summarise here but details are available on the Planning Committee pages of the TDC website (www.tendringdc.gov.uk).  Try the following link or else search for ‘committee minutes’ and follow the links to get tothe agenda for the 12th March meeting.  https://tdcdemocracy.tendringdc.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=162&Year=0  The question remains if it is not accepted, what then? The Planning Committee meetings are usually held at the Weeley offices starting at...