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...

Day three at the Inquiry – 17th November 2016 (click here to view)

Day three at the Inquiry. The day began with the inspector asking what progress had been made on the S106 agreement.  Mr Village said that there were discussions last night and he was asking that the inquiry be suspended so that the agreement could be completed.  Mr Village declined to supply any further details.  The inspector reluctantly agreed to suspend the inquiry until 12 noon.  All representatives then went into conference leaving the public assuming that they would agree something along the lines specified by Part B of the Planning Committee decision and that would be the end of it. However, early signs of life returning suggested that they had NOT reached agreement. The inquiry re-started at mid-day and the inspector said she was waiting with baited breath to hear the outcome.  Mr Village apologized for the delay but said it had no effect on the inquiry as there was no agreement!  He offered no further comments and the public and the inspector remain in ignorance of what happened. The inspector said she was a bit worried that the inquiry might overrun which would be a major problem as she already had commitments well into next year. She said she wishes the case of the Council and HE to end next week with the case for the appellants the following (final) week.  She thinks the site visits will have to be arranged sometime after then.  She asked Mr Village to pick up the pace a bit.  Tomorrow (Day 4) we will start at 9.30 and end at 5.30pm.  She then asked Mr Village if the above discussions were on-going...

Day two at the Inquiry 16th November 2016 (click here to view)

Firstly, this is the correct version of the inspector’s Preliminary List of the Main Issues. effect of proposals on the significance, character and setting of St Osyth Priory. whether the character and appearance of St Osyth Conservation Area would be preserved and enhanced. effect on community infrastructure – in particular education, medical, highway safety, ecology. whether the benefits would secure the long term future of the heritage assets and the prospects of benefits coming forward along with the consequences should they not. Day 2 started with Mr Bird (QC for TDC) examining Paul Drury (TDC witness for Heritage).  He took him through his qualifications and experience, some of which concerned important roles within English Heritage – Inspector of Historic Buildings etc.  He was also involved in the compilation of a number of EH documents including “Enabling Development and the Conservation of Significant Places (2008)”. He went through all the things we had heard at the first inquiry – views into and out from the Priory, degrees of harm, the historical significance of Mill Street, the principle of building within the Parkland etc.  The only person who hadn’t heard it all before was the inspector. In the afternoon session, Mr Village (QC for the appellants) cross questioned Mr Drury.  Mr Village started off by extolling the virtues of City & Country as ‘market leaders’ and claiming they were the ideal company to deal with the Priory and invited Mr Drury to agree – which he did. Through his questions, Mr Village then drew attention to the fact that (in his opinion) TDC had changed their approach completely at the last minute before the...

Day one at the Inquiry – Tuesday 15th November 2016 (click here to view)

The inspector appears very approachable.  She started by explaining about public involvement and asked for names of anyone present who would wish to speak.  A few people responded.  She had also had emails from some others. She will hold an evening session on Tuesday 22nd November in the Weeley offices.  Anyone else who wishes to speak should contact Leanne Nicholas (email: lnicholas@tendringdc.co.uk).  The inspector has not stipulated any time limit but depends on how many wish to speak.  She realises that some may not be available and so will try to arrange a slot for them during the daytime sitting. Anyone wishing to speak should provide something in writing in advance – doesn’t need to be detailed – just a series of bullet points will do initially but she would like a copy of the final version.  She hopes that people will not repeat what has already been said. Mr Village (counsel for the appellants’) will cross question any speaker if he wishes to as will the inspector. Mrs Mahony also indicated that it would be possible for people to ask questions of witnesses from the floor during the inquiry provided it was in relation to their verbal statement. The inspector said that she had read through all the individual objections submitted as well as the documents from the main participants and identified what she considered were the main points of contention which were: Setting of the Priory – character and appearance. The conservation area. Community infrastructure. Education. Medical. Highway safety. 4.   Conservation. Future of the Heritage Asset and prospect of delivery and consequences of not being passed. Mrs Mahony said...

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...

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...

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...

TDC Planning Committee Meeting – Tuesday 11th October CANCELLED (click here to view)

The latest twist in the Priory saga:   The special meeting of the Planning Committee on Tuesday next (11th October) has been CANCELLED.  The following statement was issued by TDC yesterday afternoon:   Following a briefing meeting held this afternoon with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee and consideration of external legal advice received by TDC, tomorrow morning’s site visit for the St Osyth Priory planning applications will NOT now take place.   The Planning Committee meeting due to be held next Tuesday (11 October) to consider the St Osyth Priory planning applications will also NOT now take place.  . We understand that this is because TDC have not made public all of the documentation received from the applicants.  . We also understand that the applicants have lodged an appeal because of non-determination of the applications within the time limit and therefore this will become the subject of a public inquiry – whether it will be put in with the one due to start on 15th November or whether it will be a separate one, is not known at present. . In any case, the Planning Committee will have to meet sometime to consider the applications and say what decision they WOULD have come to in order to instruct the officers to defend the case at the public inquiry.  Presumably this will be arranged once the complete documentation is made publically available. Please pass the information to as many people as...

New Date for TDC Planning Committee Meeting Regarding Priory Plans (click here to view)

TDC will be holding a special meeting of the Planning Committee to determine the Priory applications for building on Westfield and the Parkland. This will be on Tuesday 11th October in The Princes Theatre (Clacton Town Hall) starting at 6pm.  Latecomers will be admitted. There is considerable public opposition to these applications as shown by the many comments registered on the TDC website and it is vital that as many members of the public as possible attend to demonstrate to the Committee the depth of feeling of local residents.  You may recall the magnificent turn out for the meeting in January 2014. Parking is available in the nearby multi-story car park and there is access to the Princes Theatre for wheelchair users. SOS will arrange for uniformed marshals to conduct people to and from the car park on the evening. Please attend if you possibly can....

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...

Grand Garage Trail Sale – Saturday 20th August (click here to view)

The Grand Garage Trail Sale is on Saturday 20th August starting at 10am  so there is still time for you to sort out your unwanted items to turn into cash if you want to join in.  This sale has the advantage that the customers come to you rather than you having to pack everything up and cart it to a car boot sale at some unearthly hour.  You will also be able to sell large or bulky items more easily.  SOS will have a stall on The Bury so you can donate items if you wish.  Please leave with Helen at 39 Mill Street or Colin at No 1 The Bury.  We will collect any large items near to the day but we have no space to store them in advance.  Please ring John Lynn on 820 533 to arrange.  We shall advertise this event widely so we hope to attract crowds of customers. We have some 50 addresses registered so far spread throughout St Osyth and Point Clear.  If you want to join in, you have just a few days to register.  Please telephone Fiona 821 325 or Helen 820 344 before Wednesday 10th August to register your address on the map.  There is a £5 registration fee. For buyers, location maps will be available at £1 each from John Stiff, Estate Agent or Jerry Murray, St Osyth Butcher a week in advance and from our stall on the Bury (opposite the Priory) on the day.  Addresses are spread throughout St Osyth and Point Clear so you will need a map to find them. Proceeds from bookings and sale of...