New Priory Development Plans Submitted – June 2016 (Click Here to View}

Two new applications have been lodged with TDC for developments associated with the Priory.  In essence they are modifications of the previous plans that are supposed to be the subject of the new inquiry in November.  . 16/00656/FUL – 72 houses in Westfield.  These appear to consist essentially of the original first two phases at the top end.  They have, in effect, cut out phases 3 and 4 (which included the Maltings and the mock Mill building at the creek end).  The original proposals were for 143 houses in the four phases of the Westfield housing estate.  . 16/00671/FUL – erection of 17 dwellings in the parkland with associated works.  This is instead of the 19 originally proposed.  The West Lodge (said at the inquiry to mark ‘the entrance to nowhere’ is one dwelling  that is omitted.  , These are in addition to the 190 houses given outline permission for Wellwick pit.  Letters have been sent out by Tendring to ‘residents’ but we are not sure the extent of the coverage.  Details of these new plans are on the TDC website – use the link below but please note the website is out of action today.(31st May and 1st June).  Any comments should be made by the end of June.  . https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do;jsessionid=1F2498C2FAA6E1FDF229B3AE71F198C4?action=firstPage  . These modified plans are presumably intended to address some of the objections to the original ones.  However, considering that all four phases of the Westfield proposals were shown to generate only a very small proportion of funds to reduce the conservation deficit, it is unclear how a much reduced number of houses would help funding the...

Funding Support for SOS

The costs of the SOS campaign including appearing at the Inquiry are covered by monies raised at our various fund raising events and also by the many generous donations received,  We would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who has donated recently or in the past.  All funds are accounted for and subject to audit and presented at our AGM meeting in February each year. We have over 2,300 members of SOS and we thank all those who have engaged with us to oppose the plans to build 332 houses in our village.  This saga has gone on for a very long time and we are all weary but we are now approaching the final hurdle so please maintain your interest and determination.  Please note that the 190 houses in Wellwick Pit remain subject to a legal agreement between Tendring and the applicants.  Although the Planning Committee recommended acceptance in January 2013, no final agreement has yet been reached.  That application could still fail! Please help if you can. Our costs of appearing at the Inquiry are extremely modest when compared to those of the high powered legal teams engaged by the main participants.  We do still need to raise an amount to reach our target so any further donations, large or small, would be welcomed and should be addressed to the SOS Treasurer at No 1, The Bury, St Osyth, CO16 8NY.  Cheques should be made payable to ‘Save Our St Osyth’ or you can donate directly into the SOS bank account: Account Name: Save Our St Osyth.  Sort Code: 20-21-73.  Ac. No. 63138690. All details concerning...

Public Inquiry Details

The Public Inquiry into the Priory applications begins on Tuesday 13th January 2014.  It is expected to last for four weeks.  The public is encouraged to attend the hearing which is to be held in the Princes Theatre – Clacton Town Hall.  The appellants are the Sargeant family and they are opposed by Tendring District Council with English Heritage, St Osyth Parish Council and Save Our St Osyth (SOS) also opposing as what are called Rule 6 parties.  All parties are represented by advocates who present evidence and cross question witnesses. Programme and Sitting Times:  The Inquiry does not take place on Mondays.  Normal sitting times will be 9.30am to 5.30pm.  The opening day will have a 10.00am start.  Fridays will end at 3.00pm.  The Inspector says that if the Inquiry over-runs the four weeks allocated, it may be necessary to adjourn it, possibly for a number of months, due to other commitments.  The public are encouraged to attend any of the sessions. Public Participation:  The Inspector is keen for any member of the public to have their say in addition to the main participants.  You can do this in either of these two ways: Attend the first session of the Inquiry on Tuesday 13th January and register the area you wish to speak about.       The Inspector will incorporate you into the programme at an appropriate point. Attend the special evening session on Thursday 15th January which will be set aside for any member of the public to speak from the floor on any relevant topic. Please note:  this at variance with the letter that has been sent...

Priory – Public Inquiry Details

Pre-Inquiry Meeting:  This took place on 3rd November.  It was the first meeting of the appeal process and was an administrative meeting to arrange the conduct of the Inquiry.  There was an impressive array of legal representatives present together with eight members of the public – six from SOS.  The Inspector, Mr Ken D Barton, dealt with a number of procedural details.  He reminded all parties that they are required to identify areas of ‘Common Ground’ that are not in dispute in order to exclude these from future proceedings and thus streamline the process.  There appeared little general agreement and a list of matters in contention include: The setting of the Priory. The Conservation Area. Benefits vs. Disbenefits. The Marketing Process. St Osyth Building Preservation Trust Proposal. The Effect on the Local Community. The Effect on the Ecology of the Parkland. In addition, there is no agreement on the Conservation Deficit and the QC for the appellants stated that they have instructed their consultants, BNP Paribas, to produce an updated set of figures in view of the time lapse since the previous one. They had suggested that TDC should jointly instruct the company but they had declined to do so.  The appellants’ QC asked that they re-consider in order to reduce the time taken for the Inquiry.  TDC said it was not their present position.  The new review will be available by the end of November.  English Heritage stated they would be likely to ask their consultants to review this new report and they would require 16 working days to do so. Venue and Accommodation: The venue for the...

Tendring New Local Plan

The second meeting of the committee took place on Tuesday 21st October in the Princes Theatre with approximately 350 members of the public present.  The purpose of the meeting was to approve the latest version of the Plan so that it could go out for public consultation.  Remember, this is the third version of the Plan which should have been completed years ago. At the start, members of the public were allowed to speak for 3 minutes each and a number did so. Several residents made the point that 12,000 new houses were not needed or desired in the District and asked why the number had been increased from the 6,000 previously planned.  Some committee members made a similar point.  Council officers assured the meeting that 12,000 was the number originally arrived at from their surveys although the first two Plans attempted, unsuccessfully, to propose fewer in order to reflect local views.  This was no longer possible as the Government is insisting on the higher number.  A Weeley Parish Councillor explained that there is considerable unrest concerning the proposal for building 1,100 houses in a new ‘Garden Village’ around Weeley and a petition was being organised which had 597 signatures to date.  Doubts were expressed that the promised additional medical and school facilities would ever materialise. Representatives of two developers also spoke to propose large developments in areas not designated in the latest Plan. One proposed a new road running from Jaywick Lane to Bovils roundabout (the Colchester end of the new Weeley by-pass) with up to 2,500 houses.  The other proposed a new ‘Garden Village’ – Tendring Central...