Second Public Inquiry into Priory Plans Starts Tuesday 15th November (click here to view)

This will be held in the TDC offices at Weeley.  It starts at 10am on 15th November and is expected to run for three weeks.  It DOES NOT SIT ON MONDAYS.  The inspector is Ms F Mahoney DipTP MRTPI IHBC.  The two modified applications for West Field and the Parkland have been added to six previously on the list.  Members of the public can attend.  The notice issued by TDC says that: “at the Inspector’s discretion, you may be able to give your views.  If you wish to speak at the Public Inquiry, you must be there when it opens.” But the arrangements for this are unknown. Fifty seven documents have been submitted to the inspectorate, mostly letters from individuals all of which are in opposition.  They can be viewed on the TDC planning website – click on ‘Appeals’ and search for ‘Priory’ and then click on ‘Documents’.  These are in addition to all those submitted earlier in the year concerning the original appeals.  Individually and collectively they make a strong case for refusing the appeals.  It is clear that most people are heartily sick and tired of repeatedly opposing the costly proposals which would only partly repair the Priory whilst harming the heritage asset and seriously affecting the village. The appellants state that the first inquiry cost them £1.3million which has been added to the conservation deficit.  This new inquiry will undoubtedly add substantially to that.   We intend to publish a summary of each days proceedings on this...

Further News about TDC Planning Committee Meeting (click here to view)

As already notified, The Special Meeting of TDC Planning Committee on 11th October has been CANCELLED.  . It has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 18th October in the Princes Theatre starting at 6pm (late entry is allowed).  The site visit will take place on the morning of 18th October.   . We cannot afford to leaflet the whole village again so please pass the news on as widely as possible particularly to any village groups you belong to.  . It has now been confirmed that the new applications will be included as part of the Appeal Inquiry already arranged to start on Tuesday 15th November.  . It is still necessary for the applications to be put to the Planning Committee and if they decide to approve them, the applicants say they will cancel the Inquiry – and that would be an end to the matter.  . So it is still essential to have a good turnout at the Planning Committee on Tuesday 18th October.  Please attend if you can.  . The new applications contain new/revised documentation and altered financial figures but there is no arrangement for objectors to address these in written form to the Inspectorate.  No written submissions from the public have been accepted by the Inspectorate since 3rd March 2016 although much new information has appeared since that date.  The notification does say, “You may also, if you wish, attend the Public Inquiry, and at the Inspector’s discretion, give your views.  If you wish to speak at the Public Inquiry, you must be there when it opens”. If you wish for further information concerning the Inquiry, contact Leanne...

Inspector Appointed for New Inquiry (click on this title to see formatted version)

The inspector appointed is:  Ms Mahoney.  It appears that a query has been raised concerning this appointment as the following letter from the inspectorate addressed to TDC has appeared on the TDC website: The inspector has asked me to inform you of the following:  Further information has been requested in relation to the role of Inspector Mahoney at Tendring District Council.  She worked there as a Planning Officer in Development Control in the East Team responsible for the Harwich area and its hinterland (this did not include St Osyth) from 1982 – 1987.  Since then, as a Planning Inspector, she has undertaken a number of planning appeals in Tendring District without challenge.  Inspector Mahoney is content that she can deal with this inquiry in an open, fair and impartial manner. Yours sincerely, Corrina...

Outline Planning Permission Granted for Wellwick Housing Estate (click here to see)

Tendring District Council (TDC) has now granted outline planning permission for the Wellwick development for a maximum of 190 dwellings – some 26 months after the decision of TDC planning committee to recommend approval.  Wellwick is the area of low land to the right of the B1027 (Colchester Road) as you leave the village – behind the burger van pitch.  This is part of the enabling development being sought by the Priory owners to raise money to apply to the repairs of the Priory.  The remaining applications are subject to the public planning inquiry due to be held in November as noted in another news item.   The approval document runs to 13 pages and is available via the link below.  As you will see, there are 30 conditions attached.  Some of these are standard, some are specific.   Click on this link:   https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=LI9EVCQB09L00   Then click on Documents (300) and cycle down to the end of the long list of documents to the ‘Decision Document’.     There is an associated s106 legal agreement which will link the money raised at each stage of development against repairs to the Priory buildings but this is not yet publicly...

Letters Concerning New Inquiry Now Available

The letters submitted to the inspectorate from the public are now posted on the TDC website.   They can be found by following this link: . . . . . . . . . .  . https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/appealDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=N79MLWQB05W00   Cycle down to the end of the long list of...

New Documents Available for New Public Inquiry

Although we still do not have a date for the new inquiry, the Statement of Case documents are available for the three remaining participants – the Appellants, Tendring District Council and Heritage England (formerly English Heritage}. These outline the cases that will be put at the inquiry.  They are available on the Tendring Planning website.  The two letters from St Osyth Parish Council and SOS withdrawing from the new inquiry are also there. They can be viewed by clicking on this link or by copying this address into your web browser: https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/appealDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=N79MLWQB05W00 Cycle down to the end of the documents. We are told that the inspectorate has received some 70 letters of comment relating to the new inquiry and these should be available in the same place, perhaps next...