St Osyth Annual Village Meeting (click here for full formatted version)

SOS attended the annual village meeting held on 10th April 2019 along with many other local organisations.  Clive Gowers, vice chairman of SOS made the following report: Over the past year we have had to spend a lot of time fundraising, but we must not forget what SOS is all about.  Our secretary David Smith keeps watch on the TDC web site for any new developments that might harm our village.   As we are still committed to our mission statement, I would like to remind you all what it is. To preserve the beauty and tranquillity of St Osyth for posterity. To safeguard the local wildlife and the natural environment. To ensure that there is no overloading of local facilities such as doctors, the school and other local amenities. To prevent further congestion of existing roads and the village centre. To oppose any housing development within St Osyth which would affect any of the above. At the start of the year we had a deficit of approximately £50,000 so a lot of fundraising had to be done to reduce this.  We had two dances. a quiz night. garage trail sale, a garden party.  The Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea organised a race night and Steph Smith a wine tasting quiz.  I would like to thank everybody who helped run these events and everybody who supported them.  A special big thanks go to Sonia Grantham and the Parish Council who produced a letter for every household in the Parish explaining the situation SOS was in and what had caused it.  I would like to thank everybody who made a contribution so...

Applications for Public Car Park and Twelve Houses on Warren Farm Land (click here for full formatted version)

SOS Mission Statement: To preserve the beauty and tranquillity of St Osyth for posterity. To safeguard the local wildlife and the natural environment. To ensure that there is no overloading of local facilities such as doctors, the school and other local amenities. To prevent further congestion of existing roads and the village centre.   To oppose any housing development within St Osyth which would affect any of the above. ———————————————————————————————————————– Warren Farm Proposals: Most local people are probably aware that the applications have now been submitted to TDC for a public car park together with a road and 12 houses on farm land behind The Bury. Currently, full planning permission for a public car park for 49 vehicles is applied for, sited behind the vicarage, and an outline application for 12 houses behind numbers 1 to 6 The Bury.  It will require the top end of the existing farm track to be realigned as a private road and footpath with a bell mouth onto The Bury which will take off a slice from the grass area near the telephone box.  This is designated as a village green and is ‘protected green space’ according to the TDC Local Plan 2013 – 2033 and Beyond.  The existing space by the side of the vicarage allowed as a courtesy parking space for approximately 20 cars will be discontinued giving a net gain of 29 places.  This development is being promoted as the only viable way of providing additional parking space in the village.  However we foresee significant problems which negate any advantage of providing these additional parking spaces. In accordance with our...

Funding Appeal (click here for full and formatted version)

We are raising funds to repay the SOS committee members who personally paid the costs awarded as a result of the public inquiry into the application to build in the grounds of the ancient St Osyth Priory. SOS was formed following the public meeting in the village hall on 17th March 2010 held to discuss the proposals for large scale housing on Priory land.  Its mission statement appears in the monthly report in the St Osyth News and is essentially to preserve village life, particularly by opposing significant building proposals within the village. Both SOS and the Parish Council represented the local community at the public inquiry held in January 2015 into the refusal of Tendring District Council to approve the plans submitted by the Sargeant family, owners of the Priory.  We engaged the services of a professional advocate at a cost of approximately £9,000 which was paid for from fundraising activities and donations. The outcome of the public inquiry was that the refusal for planning permission was upheld.  However, SOS along with the Parish Council, had costs awarded against us.  The Sargeant family claimed costs of over £120,000 against SOS in documents served on Bev Lynn, as chairman of SOS, on 30th December 2015 demanding payment within 21 days or court proceedings to recover this amount (plus interest at 8%) would ensue. Following a highly stressful two year legal battle the punitive cost claim was finally reduced to £56,303 payable immediately to prevent further costs and interest accruing. Despite fundraising events and donations received since then, the elected committee members are left paying £47,000 from their own personal savings....

Priory Public Inquiry Ends Prematurely with Approval of the Applications (click here to view)

Decision on the Priory Appeals.   You may well have heard already but we regret to say that the public inquiry ended today with agreement between TDC and the appellants to allow the applications.  All appeals were therefore withdrawn and the applications are approved.   Few details are available but we understand that the appellants agreed to proceed along the lines of Part B of the Planning Committee decision.  We will inform you as and when further details are available.   There is nothing further that can be done.  Sonia is arranging for a public meeting ASAP and details of this will be advertised as soon as it is finalised.  . We would like to pay tribute to all the 2,300 members of Save Our St Osyth, The St Osyth Parish Council and the amazing community in St Osyth who have fought for 6 years against the plans to build houses in land adjacent to the Priory and in the historic parkland. The Priory has been a central part of our community for hundreds of years and this is reflected in the commitment and desire shown by our community in our efforts to protect the Priory.   The inspector was very good and we thanked her for her obvious concern in making sure the community was consulted and given the opportunity to make their views...

TDC Planning Committee Determination of Priory Plans (click here to view)

Please note that it has been confirmed that the Priory plans will NOT now be considered by the TDC Planning Committee next week (7th September) as originally scheduled. We understand that the crucial report from Heritage England has not yet been received.  It is expected shortly and should be posted on the TDC website sometime during the week commencing 5th September. It is now expected that the applications will be considered at the meeting of 4th October. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE TO ANYONE ELSE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED. This means there is still time for anyone to submit a comment to Tendring concerning applications 16/00656/FUL and 16/00671/FUL by emailing a letter to planning.services@tendringdc.gov.uk or posting to Head of Planning Services, Tendring District Council Offices, Weeley, Essex  CO16 9AJ.  To date there are 83...

Section 106 Legal Agreement Relating to the Wellwick Housing Development (Click Here to View)

At last, the S106 legal agreement relating to Wellwick is available on the TDC website.  This specifies the work to be carried out on the Priory buildings related to the stages of development of Wellwick. You will see that the first building to undergo repair is the Bailiffs cottage. To view the agreement, search the planning applications for 11/00333/OUT and click on Documents.    ...