Application by Priory Owners to Extend Time Limit on Wellwick Housing Estate (click here for formatted version)

Applications continue to appear thick and fast. This latest one (17/01843/FUL) requests that the time limit attached to the OUTLINE permission for the 190 dwellings in Wellwick pit is extended from three to five years which would secure it up to 18th March 2021.  The application in the form of a letter to TDC Planning Services states that the work done to date on restoring the Darcy House West Wing has been undertaken using personal funds which have now run out and additional funding is required which cannot be obtained until the s106 legal agreement is signed off.  Meanwhile the work has been paused. It appears the owners are having difficulty in progressing Wellwick.  It was offered around to selected potential developers a while ago at a price of £9 million which seems a modest amount for 16.3 hectares of building land but presumably there have been no takers. The application appears to be twofold – sign off the s106 and extend the time limit. If this is agreed, they say that work on progressing the Wellwick development will be put on hold and the Westfield development prioritised in order to obtain funds to progress the Priory repair. The letter states that ‘the proposed new build programme means that Wellwick will likely not be commenced until 2020/21, with the first units anticipated to be completed 2021/22’. However, it should not be forgotten that it was agreed by the chairman of the TDC Planning Committee at the meeting on 21st January 2014 (we have the audio recording) that the FULL application would need to go back before the Committee, so...

Application by Priory Owners to Build Next to Allotment Site Rejected (click to see formatted version)

As most people will know by the time this article is read, the Priory owners submitted a new planning application for a further 7 dwellings in St Osyth.  This time it relates to outline permission for the corner of land between Clacton Road and Bypass Road at the end of the allotments.  The entry road is onto Clacton Road through the existing hedgerow.  There is of course no footpath and there does not appear to be any pedestrian access identified.  This land is owned by the Priory having been bought by a previous owner, Mr Somerset de Chair, so he could erect a board advertising the Priory way back in the days when it was open as a visitor attraction.   The decision to reject this application was issued by Tendring District Council on 17th November 2017.  Whether this decision will be challenged by the applicants by means of an appeal remains to be seen.  One argument put forward by a number of local developers to support their applications is the Council’s inability to prove a five years housing supply and this argument has been supported by Government inspectors on appeal.  This may seem surprising in view of the applications for thousands of houses which have been given approval over the past year.  Close to the village, 84 houses on a plot to the rear of No. 80/84 St Johns Road (St Osyth side of the St John’s Nursery) have just been approved and an outline application for up to 950 residential units on land running between Rouses Lane and Jaywick Lane is awaiting a decision.  These add to the huge numbers in other rural...

Application by Priory Owners to Extend Time Limit on Wellwick Housing Estate (click here to see formatted version)

An application has been received by TDC (17/01843/FUL) to extend the time restriction attached to the OUTLINE permission for 190 dwellings in Wellwick pit from three to five years from 18th March 2016 (the date the formal letter of approval was issued).  This relates to the apparent failure to reach agreement on the necessary s106 legal agreement. Copy the address below to your browser to get to the list of documents. https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OYDGS7QB0LD00 The ‘condition 2’ referred to in the letter is shown below.  This states that the time limit of three years is a requirement of the Town & Country Planning Act and not a TDC limitation so we are unsure of the implication of this. Furthermore, it should not be forgotten that the approval is OUTLINE and it was stated at the TDC Planning Committee meeting on 21st January 2014 that the FULL application would need to go back before Committee, so progress with Wellwick does not depend on an s106 agreement alone!    ...

Priory Owners Plans to Relocate Bus Stop on The Bury (click here to view)

Plans have just been submitted by the Priory owners to discharge the conditions attached when they were granted PROVISIONAL planning permission for West Field and the Parkland.  These include the re-siting of the bus stop on the Priory side of The Bury.  The details can be found on the planning pages of the TDC website.  The proposals are to relocate the bus stop further towards the cross roads opposite the Social Club.  The proposals also include removing two of the parking spaces at the end of the Social Club (opposite the old butchers), removing two sections of the railings and making a pedestrian crossing. This would reduce the already limited parking facilities in the village in order to move a bus stop from the frontage of the Priory. If you wish to comment, you should contact TDC Planning Department at planningservices@tendringdc.gov.uk.  ...

TDC Planning Committee Reject Latest Priory Proposals (click here to view)

At a special meeting on 18th October 2016, the TDC Planning Committee rejected the latest proposals to build 72 houses in Westfield, behind Mill Street and 17 houses in the ancient registered parkland because they would fund only partial repair to the Priory and the harm caused to the setting and significance of the Priory, the parkland and wider conservation area would not outweigh the benefit. Over 200 members of the public attended the meeting held in the Princes Theatre.  Bev Lynn of Save Our St Osyth, Sonia Grantham from St Osyth Parish Council, John White and Michael Talbot, both ward councillors all spoke against the proposals.  No one spoke in favour on behalf of the applicants. The applicants had already taken the case to appeal by a government inspector because of ‘non-determination’ by TDC within the statutory time limit.  Tendring planners claimed this was due to the late submission of necessary documentation by the applicants.  Since it had been taken out of their hands the committee was therefore asked what decision they would have made.  They were told that their decision would help form the Council’s defence at the forthcoming appeal. The issue is due to go before a Government Inspector at a public inquiry starting on November 15, along with other proposals for the site. During the course of the three hour meeting there was much debate about the financing of the applications with councillors questioning why only 47% of the profits would go to the repair work.  The officers’ report to the committee stated that, “a large proportion of the value generated by the enabling development would...