Race Night with Clacton Rotary Race Team (click here for formatted view)

The Race Night with the Clacton Rotary Club Race Team complete with betting tote system is on Friday 28th September in the village hall at 7.00 for a 7.30pm start.  Bring your own food and drink.  The Rotary Race Team put on a good show which costs just £3 and is suitable for all the family.    Tea, coffee and biscuits available.  There will be a raffle and we will be grateful for any contributions – please bring on the night.  Tickets are available from St Osyth Butchers, L & K Funeral Directors or Scott Sheen & Partners, Estate Agents all in village centre.  Entry at the door is possible if space allows but buy tickets in advance to avoid...

Fun Wine Tasting Quiz and Ploughmans Supper – Saturday 15th September (click here for formatted version)

This is a light hearted FUN Wine Tasting Quiz with emphasis on the FUN.  You need no detailed knowledge of wine – just a general interest and good taste buds.  Teams of up to six people will taste and then answer simple multiple choice questions on a range of anonymous wines.  Whether each mouthful is expelled or not is entirely up to the participants but be warned, if you don’t then you will definitely not be able to drive home! It will certainly be a fun evening. The cost is £8.50 per person which includes tasting six wines and a substantial Ploughman’s Supper.  Free tea and coffee will be available and there will be a raffle.  If anyone would like to donate items for the raffle, please leave with Helen at 39 Mill Street or bring it on the night.  Tickets are available from St Osyth Butchers, L & K Funeral Directors or Scott Sheen & Partners, Estate Agents all in the village centre  or you can leave a message on 01255 820 344 or 0125 820 533.  Entry at the door will be possible if space allows but we ask you to book well in advance so we can arrange sufficient supplies. The quiz will start promptly at 7.30 on Saturday 15th September in the village hall.  See posters in local shops for more details. This event is not suitable for under 18 year olds  ...

SOS Objection to Warren Farm Proposals (click here to see formatted version)

SAVE OUR ST.OSYTH – (S.O.S)        www.saveourstosyth.com …because our village matters 17th July 2018  Chief Planning Officer Planning Services Tendring District Council Council Offices Tendring Essex CO16 9AJ   Dear Mrs Bicknell,  Planning Applications 18/00958/OUT and 18/00959/FUL – Warren Farm, St Osyth. We wish to register objections to both these planning applications and make the following comments which we ask you to take into consideration when determining the applications. The proposal for both houses and car park lie outside the settlement development boundaries (village envelope) as shown in the ‘Tendring District Local Plan 2013-2033 and Beyond’. The claim in Paragraph 8.1 of the D&A statement to the contrary is therefore factually incorrect. The Local Plan does not identify this site for housing development and there is no overriding reason why it should be made an exception. TDC can prove a housing land supply in excess of 5 years as of April 2018 as stated by the inspector in his recent decision following the public inquiry into City & Country’s appeal into TDC’s refusal of planning permission for housing in Great Bentley. The statement in paragraph 8.2 of the D&A statement to the contrary is also factually incorrect.  This negates any claim that normal planning policies can be set aside in favour of ‘sustainable development’. No evidence has been provided of the need for a public car park. There is no major shopping centre in the village. There are spaces near to the village shops in Clacton Road and Spring Road which are mostly used for ‘pop in shopping’.  The public houses have their own parking facilities and there are...

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...

Register for the SOS Distribution List (click here for full and formatted version)

New Data Protection Legislation: You may have heard about the new data protection regulation that became fully operational on the 25th May. This applies to any organisation and we need to make our position clear: SOS maintains an email distribution list in order to disseminate information relating to our activities. The data we hold consists solely of a contact’s name and email address. Access to this information is restricted to the SOS secretary. It is electronically protected by high grade internet security software. SOS will not disclose this data to any person or organisation. No addresses are disclosed when sending group mail shots. Any person on our contact list may have their details removed without trace. We are in the process of contacting all individuals already on our list to ask them to confirm that they wish to remain.  If you are on our old list, we hope you will reply to our email we have sent you and consent to remain so that we can maintain effective communication.  If you are not already on our list and want to be included, please send an email to saveourstosyth@btinternet.com giving your...

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....

Retro Dance Night (click for formatted version)

Our next event is: Retro Dance Night with the Tarrin Duo Playing live music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s on Saturday 8th June St Osyth Village Hall Doors Open at 7.30 Bring your own food and drink The Tarrin Duo have become popular performers in the locality, performing live music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and they attracted a large crowd at our last dance in November. We are grateful to Scott Sheen & Partners, the new village estate agents, who have joined St Osyth Butchers and L & K Funeral Directors in agreeing to sell tickets.  Tickets costing just £5 are available from any of these outlets in the village centre or by leaving a message with Helen on 820 344 or Bev on 820 533.  Entry at the door will be possible but only if space allows so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment as the event is being advertised...

Quiz Night with Graham – Saturday 21st April (click to see formatted version)

Our next event will be: QUIZ NIGHT with Graham in St Osyth Village Hall. Saturday 21st April. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. Teams can be up to 6 at £2.50 per person. Please bring your own refreshments. We will have our usual giant raffle for which further donations would be welcome.  Please leave with Helen at 39 Mill Street or bring them on the night. If you wish to book a table in advance telephone 01255 820533 or 01255...

SOS Annual General Meeting – March 2018 (click to see formatted version)

SOS Annual General Meeting: This will be held on Monday 12th March in the village hall annex starting at 7.30.  The agenda is given below. It is hard to believe that this will be our eighth AGM since SOS was formed following the public meeting in the village hall on 17th March 2010.  Some may remember that occasion when the hall was packed with many unable to gain entry and with the police attending to ensure order.  Since then we have engaged in many activities including: recruiting over 2,300 members of SOS. holding some 24 public meetings. distributing 12 leaflets throughout the whole village thanks to our band of willing volunteers, taking part in the public enquiry (to our cost!), successfully opposing and reducing the cost claim in the High Court, several meetings with District planners and speaking at meetings of TDC Planning Committee, appearing on Anglia News, resolving an issue with the Advertising Standards Agency following a complaint lodged by the Priory owners, holding dozens of events including Race Nights with Clacton Rotary Club, quizzes, Garage Trail Sales, a Fun Dog Show and dances, and last but by no means least communicating via the St Osyth News magazine – many thanks to the editors for the opportunity. All this has required considerable work and commitment. We have had some magnificent support from the community but it is true to say that we are now somewhat weary.  We haven’t finished yet but we would welcome some new blood to inject some fresh ideas. We have raised considerable funds from the events and are very grateful for the financial support we...

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...

SOS Dance Night – Saturday 25th November – St Osyth Village Hall – 7.30 Start (click here to see formatted version)

The SOS Dance Night happens on Saturday 25th November with Tarrin who are a musical duo that play live music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  It promises to be a good evening’s entertainment. Tickets at only £5 available NOW from John Stiff, Estate Agent or Jerry Murray, St Osyth Butchers both in village centre, Entry at the door without a ticket may be possible but only if space permits.  We have already had considerable interest in this event so you are advised to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. There will be a giant raffle and, as usual, we welcome any contributions.  Please leave with Helen at 39 Mill Street or just bring them on the night. Bring your own food and drink.  We shall be serving premium hot dogs (outdoor reared British pork) during the interval....

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.  ...

OUTCOME OF COSTS CLAIM – High Court Hearing Ends this Long Running Saga. (click here to view)

Total Cost to SOS Reduced From £150,000 to £56,274 – 62% Reduction The final act in this long drawn out saga was played out at the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday 7th June when the Cost Judge, Master Whalan, awarded a sum of £3,735 against SOS compared with the outstanding amount of £25,233 claimed. The original claim for costs against SOS, delivered during the Christmas holiday on 29th December 2015, was for £121,846.27 with interest at 8% added until payment was completed.  This huge sum was demanded for costs incurred by the Priory owners ‘in relation to dealing with the matter of deliberate neglect and producing a Design Statement’ at the public inquiry in January 2015.  We believed this amount, together with the large amount claimed against the Parish Council, was disproportionate and a burden on the community that is hardly likely to aid the ambitions of the Priory owners who claim they wish to ‘work with the community’. We engaged an experienced Cost Lawyer (Carina Patterson) to represent us.  During the course of the last 17 months the original claim was whittled down and finally agreed out-of-court at £52,539 (including VAT and interest).  This in itself was a mammoth task and a significant achievement resulting from much detailed investigation, expert analysis of the claim and negotiation.  What remained to be added was the claim for £25,233 costs incurred by the Priory owners in reaching this settlement which included two court appearances.  This was for determination by the Court on the 7th June. The outcome was that the Cost Judge awarded £3,735 relating to the preliminary hearing in November...

SOS Annual General Meeting – Monday 27th February (click here to view)

The SOS AGM will be held in the village hall annex starting at 7.30pm on Monday 27th February.  . The agenda was published in the February issue of St Osyth News.  . We shall be pleased to welcome anyone who is able to attend.  Tea/coffee/biscuits will be served and there will be the opportunity of a general discussion after the close of the formal meeting.  . May we also draw your attention to our next fund-raising event which will be the Race Night organised by Clacton Rotary Race Team.  This will be held on Friday 17th March and is the only Race Night to be held in the village this year.  It gives the opportunity of a fun night out for a very modest charge of £3 (bring your own food and drink).  Tickets are available from John Stiff, Estate Agent or Jerry Murray, St Osyth Butcher from the end of February.  Entry at the door will be possible but only if space permits so to be certain of entry, buy tickets well in...

Public Meeting Concerning Approval of Priory Plans (click here to view)

St Osyth Parish Council have arranged a public meeting concerning the approval of the plans to build 72 houses on Westfield (behind Mill Street) and 17 houses in the ancient Parkland along Colchester Road in order to fund repairs to St Osyth Priory – see previous news items. St Osyth Village Hall – Monday 28th November 7.30 pm start. . Gary Guiner, Tendring District Council Planning Manager will be present to talk about the decision.  Mr Guiver is the planning officer who dealt with the applications which were rejected by the Planning Committee and were then the subject of the Public Inquiry which ended prematurely on Friday 18th November when agreement was reached between the appellants and TDC....

Decision Notices For Westfield and Wellwick Developments Issued by TDC (click here to view)

The Decision Notices relating to the approval of the Westfield and Parkland developments are available on the TDC planning website.  They are referenced here if you wish to read them.  You need to read right to the end.  There are a few differences between them.  . Copy each address below into your browser.  This will get you to the list of documents.  Select ‘Decision’.  . https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=O6APP0QB0GS00  . https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=O6E5H0QB0EL00  . You will notice that mention is made of:  . 1        Proposed covenant to prevent additional building on West Field or Parkland. 2        Reference to ‘further enabling development’. 3        Mention of FOUR properties within Parkland for occupation by the family?? 4    Mention of a Trust but no details of its scope.  . As always, the devil will be in the...

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...