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...

New Documents Available for New Public Inquiry

Although we still do not have a date for the new inquiry, the Statement of Case documents are available for the three remaining participants – the Appellants, Tendring District Council and Heritage England (formerly English Heritage}. These outline the cases that will be put at the inquiry.  They are available on the Tendring Planning website.  The two letters from St Osyth Parish Council and SOS withdrawing from the new inquiry are also there. They can be viewed by clicking on this link or by copying this address into your web browser: https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/appealDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=N79MLWQB05W00 Cycle down to the end of the documents. We are told that the inspectorate has received some 70 letters of comment relating to the new inquiry and these should be available in the same place, perhaps next...

New Public Inquiry – St Osyth Priory

As you may know, at the public inquiry in Jan/Feb 2015 the Planning Inspector turned down all appeals.  However, this decision was later quashed by the Secretary of State and there will now be a second inquiry.  . This is scheduled for a 12 day hearing before a new inspector but we do not know when, and neither have we been able to find out what the terms of the new inquiry will be. . SOS was represented at the inquiry in January 2015 but because of the costs of £121,846.27 claimed against SOS, we cannot afford to participate in the new inquiry and we understand that the Parish Council is in a similar position.  Therefore, there will be no official community representation at the new inquiry.  . It is important that as many people as possible put in their own individual objections.  . All those who submitted comments previously should have had notification from TDC explaining that these will be considered by the new inspector.  Anyone wishing to make new comments, or reinforce/modify/withdraw their previous comments can do so by one of the ways listed below: Via the inspectorate’s website (https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk) By emailing leanne.palmer@pins.gsi.gov.uk. Those without internet access can send three written copies to Leanne Palmer, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/26, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN. You will need to quote the case number which is:  2220032.  All representations must be received by 3 March 2016 so you do not have long if you wish to respond.  We hope you will. We will be holding a Drop-In session where you can discuss the situation...

Cost Award Details Received and AGM Details

We have received a missive from the Sargeants’ solicitors in the form of the Bill of Costs totalling £121,846.27 to which we are invited to respond by 25th January.  This arises from the award made against SOS by the inspector at the end of the public inquiry process in his report dated 21st May 2015.  This was delivered by hand (although not gift wrapped!) on 29th December in the middle of what most people consider to be the Christmas holiday.  This is now in the hands of our legal advisors and so we cannot comment further at present but we will inform everyone of the details as soon as we can and hopefully provide more information at our AGM which is on 7th March – see details below. Annual General Meeting:  This will be held on Monday 7th March in the village hall annex starting at 7.30pm.  The agenda is given below.  Any resolutions or nominations from members, duly endorsed, for posts on the executive committee (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer) should be sent to ‘SOS Secretary, 27 Mill Street’ or via email to saveourstosyth@btinternet.com.  These should arrive by Monday 29th February.  Following the AGM there will be the opportunity for an informal discussion on the current situation. AGM Agenda Introduction by Chairman. Minutes of Previous Meeting – Tuesday 2nd March 2015. Matters Arising from Minutes. Report of Treasurer and Presentation of Audited Accounts. Report of Secretary. Report of Campaign Co-ordinator. Consideration of Resolutions. Resignation of the Current Committee. Election of Executive Committee for the coming year – Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer. We hope as many people...

Latest Update in Priory Saga – 18th November 2015

You may have heard that there has been a development in the Priory saga.  The Judicial Review was scheduled to be heard in the High Court on 9th December and the applicants were due to submit the draft skeleton of their case three weeks in advance – today.  However, at this late stage, the Secretary of State has agreed that there is something wrong with the inspector’s report from the planning inquiry and has agreed that it is quashed and goes back for another inquiry with a different inspector – would you believe it!  TDC have issued a press release which is copied below and which explains all we know about it at present.  We expect that there will be an article in the local press later this week. .. PRESS RELEASE FROM Tendring District Council: . PLANS FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT ST OSYTH PRIORY GO BACK TO APPEAL A scheme for a large residential development at St Osyth’s historic Priory is set to go back in front of a planning inspector. The move comes after the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government conceded its original decision to reject an appeal against Tendring District Council’s (TDC) refusal of the planning application is unlawful. TDC refused planning permission for 142 new homes, a visitor centre and function room and the Sargent family, who own the 11th century priory, went to appeal. They lost, but in July the Council was informed the family had started High Court proceedings to challenge the validity of the inspector’s decision issued in May. The proceedings were taken out against the Secretary of State,...

Grand Garage Trail Sale – 22nd August 2015

S.O.S. Grand Garage Trail Sale – Saturday 22nd August 2015  10am – 4pm  £ 5.00 Registration Fee Take the opportunity of clearing out your shed/garage/loft before the winter and make some money without having to cart it all to a car boot sale – let the buyers come to you. Sellers – register your address before 7th August by phoning Fiona on 821 325 or Helen on 820 344. Any contributions of items to sell on the SOS stall will be welcome – please leave with Helen at 39 Mill Street.  Bulky items can be collected – phone 820 533 to arrange. Buyers – Maps showing all locations can be bought in advance from John Stiff, Estate Agent or Jerry Murray, St Osyth Butchers from 14th August or on the day from our stall on the Bury. Proceeds from bookings and sale of maps to go to SOS Fighting Fund....

Priory Inquiry News – July 2015

Priory News:  The Priory owners have elected to challenge the validity of the decision made by the inspector to dismiss the appeals.  They are seeking an order in the High Court of Justice against the Secretary of State to quash the inspector’s decision and remit the decision to a newly appointed Inspector.  They are also requiring the Secretary of State to pay the Claimant’s costs of the claim.  The documentation cites 9 grounds for making the claim which are contained in a document running to 43 pages in length.  The hearing is expected to take place at the High Court in London sometime between 5th October and 16th...

PRIORY PUBLIC INQUIRY RESULT

UPDATE 26 May . The outcome of the public inquiry was made available on Thursday 21st May 2015.   ALL 7 APPEALS HAVE BEEN DISMISSED.   Costs have been awarded against the Parish Council and SOS but no costs awarded against TDC or English Heritage. All the documents relating to the appeals are now available on the TDC planning website.  Use the link below and cycle to end of the list.  https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/appealDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=N79MLWQB05W00        ...

Problems With the SOS Website

Please wait for page to appear completely. We are experiencing some problems with the SOS website at present.  Temporarily we have defaulted News onto the Home Page.  Please scroll down to show the NEWS items listed below.  Click on the headline of the one you wish to see. [If you point at the magnifier icon – hold down the left ‘mouse button’ and drag the cursor to the left you will get the normal...

SOS Race Night Success

The third SOS Race Night held on Friday 17th April was a great success.  The village hall was at capacity and everyone enjoyed a fun evening.  We made over £1,000 profit which will go a long way towards meeting our expenses. Bev Lynn, chairman of SOS, thanked the Clacton-on-Sea Race Team for running the evening and all who helped and attended.  She said this would be the last fund-raising event but people are already asking when the next Race Night will be! TDC have now added the remaining documents relating to the Priory inquiry on their website.  The link is: https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/appealDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=N79MA9QB05W00 The inspector’s decision will be made on or before 29th May,  ...

St Osyth Priory Appeal – Latest Information (24th March)

Appellants Closing Statement:  This was made available to all parties on 13th March.  As expected, it is long running to 131 pages.  For some reason, it has not yet appeared on the TDC website.  If anyone would like a copy mailed directly to them, please contact us via our email – saveourstosyth@btinternet.com. Applications for Costs:  The appellants have applied to have costs awarded against all opposing parties – TDC, English Heritage, St Osyth Parish Council and SOS.  Their claim against SOS starts by stating that, “In making this application, the Appellants are mindful that they have an obligation to reduce the Conservation Deficit and that recovering costs in relation to unreasonable conduct on the part of the parties will also assist in reducing the Conservation Deficit“.  Considering the Conservation Deficit is stated to be some £40M, this is unlikely to make much of a difference. Over all parties, the reasons put forward include:-  wasting inquiry time, causing appellants to spend time and money preparing their case, complaining about the inadequacy of the marketing, complaining about the supposed ‘wilful neglect’, acting unreasonably and inconsistently. The opposing parties were required to provide rebuttals to these claims by Friday 20th March.  Some, but not all, of these rebuttals are published on the TDC website.  The appellants have one final say by means of reply to these by Friday 27th March. Unlike all other parties in this case, SOS stands alone in that any costs awarded against them will fall against the four individual executive committee members.  In the other cases, any costs will be met from the public purse. The inspector will make...

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 14th March – SOS Quiz Night – Village Hall – 7.30pm for 8pm Start. Teams of up to six at £2-50 per person.  Bring your own food and drink.  Pre-booking – Phone 820 533 or 820 344 or just turn up on the night.   Monday 16th March – Annual General Meeting – Village Hall Annex – 7.30 Start.   Friday 17th April – SOS Race Night with Clacton-on-Sea Rotary Club Race Team.  St Osyth Village Hall.  7.00 for 7.30 start Entry at only £3 each – Tickets Available from John Stiff, Estate Agent or Jerry Murray, St Osyth Butchers. Bring Your Own Food and Drinks – Light Refreshments Available. Tickets will be available from last  week in March.   Entry without ticket only if space allows.  Book in advance to avoid...

St Osyth Priory Appeal – Closing Statements of Opponents of Appeals

The inquiry is not yet formally closed as there are still things to be completed.  Monday 2nd March was the deadline for the opposing parties (TDC, English Heritage, St Osyth Parish Council and SOS) to submit their written closing submissions.  These are published on the TDC website – follow the link below and cycle to the end of the documents to see them.  They make interesting reading and compelling reasons are put forward as to why the appeals should all be rejected.  However this is only one side of the case and the appellants have the last word and have a further week to submit their closing statement.  This will also be publically available as below.  Judging from the rest of the proceedings, it is likely to be very long. Link to TDC website:...