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...

Date Set for TDC Planning Committee to Determine New Planning Applications for the Priory (Click here to view)

Planning application 16/00656/FUL is for the revised plans for a building estate of 72 houses in West Field (behind Mill Street). Planning application 16/00671/FUL is for the revised plans for 17 properties to be built in the ancient parkland (off Colchester Road). Details of these applications can be seen on the TDC planning website: www.tendringdc.gov.uk A date has now been set for the TDC Planning Committee to consider these applications which is Tuesday 6th September.  The public will be able to attend.  Anyone wishing to comment on the applications can do so by letter to Tendring Planning Department, Council Offices, Weeley, Essex CO16 9AJ or as an attachment to an email addressed to: planning.services@tendringdc.gov.uk.  Letters will be accepted up to the end of August but it would be better not to wait until too...

New Planning Approvals for Priory Owners (Click Here to View)

At the meeting of Tendring Planning Committee on Tuesday 14th June, plans were approved for 660 new houses on two adjoining plots of land at Lawford/Mistley.  One of these, for 300 homes, is in the name of Tendring Farms Ltd – one of the companies owned by the Sargeant family.  The Wellwick site is also owned by the same company. Whilst not wishing to support any large scale development in any other part of the district, one wonders why this site was not advanced as an enabling development for the Priory (as was Wellwick) which would have rendered the building of an additional 72 houses in West Field...

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.    ...

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...

SOS Race Night with Clacton Rotary Club (click here to view)

The ever popular Race Night is arranged for Saturday 16th April in St Osyth village hall.  Again this year you are invited to bring your own food and drinks.  Tea and coffee will be available.  Tickets at just £3 each are now on sale at John Stiff, Estate Agent or Jerry Murray, St Osyth Butcher in the village centre.  Once again we would like to thank John and Jerry for their help and support and the Clacton-on-Sea Rotary Race Team for running the evening – and not forgetting all those who come along to make the evening enjoyable.  So do come if you can and share in the fun with Bob, the star jockey controlling the horses.   Helen will be organising the raffle and will be grateful for any contributions.  She can be contacted at 39 Mill Street or telephone 820 344. Entry at the door without a ticket will be possible provided space is available.  To avoid disappointment, you are advised to buy a ticket in advance as...

Inspector Appointed for New Inquiry (click on this title to see formatted version)

The inspector appointed is:  Ms Mahoney.  It appears that a query has been raised concerning this appointment as the following letter from the inspectorate addressed to TDC has appeared on the TDC website: The inspector has asked me to inform you of the following:  Further information has been requested in relation to the role of Inspector Mahoney at Tendring District Council.  She worked there as a Planning Officer in Development Control in the East Team responsible for the Harwich area and its hinterland (this did not include St Osyth) from 1982 – 1987.  Since then, as a Planning Inspector, she has undertaken a number of planning appeals in Tendring District without challenge.  Inspector Mahoney is content that she can deal with this inquiry in an open, fair and impartial manner. Yours sincerely, Corrina...

Outline Planning Permission Granted for Wellwick Housing Estate (click here to see)

Tendring District Council (TDC) has now granted outline planning permission for the Wellwick development for a maximum of 190 dwellings – some 26 months after the decision of TDC planning committee to recommend approval.  Wellwick is the area of low land to the right of the B1027 (Colchester Road) as you leave the village – behind the burger van pitch.  This is part of the enabling development being sought by the Priory owners to raise money to apply to the repairs of the Priory.  The remaining applications are subject to the public planning inquiry due to be held in November as noted in another news item.   The approval document runs to 13 pages and is available via the link below.  As you will see, there are 30 conditions attached.  Some of these are standard, some are specific.   Click on this link:   https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=LI9EVCQB09L00   Then click on Documents (300) and cycle down to the end of the long list of documents to the ‘Decision Document’.     There is an associated s106 legal agreement which will link the money raised at each stage of development against repairs to the Priory buildings but this is not yet publicly...

Letters Concerning New Inquiry Now Available

The letters submitted to the inspectorate from the public are now posted on the TDC website.   They can be found by following this link: . . . . . . . . . .  . https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/appealDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=N79MLWQB05W00   Cycle down to the end of the long list of...