We need your help
Tendring District council has recently completed the wonderful coast protection works which not only protects our village but has provided magnificent beaches. However, for every good thing there seems to be a bad side.
Around a year ago the Council tried to adopt a Local Development Order (LDO) which would have given TDC the power to allow development of commercial activity and buildings along the seafront, anywhere seaward side of Kings Parade, including the greensward, without the need to seek planning permission. Well, we fought and won that battle but that was not the end.
The council has now come forward with a list of potential projects to be investigated that would impact on Holland-on-Sea and the seafront in particular. these include:
- An arts and entertainment venue
- A signature restaurant
- Commercial premises that would be available for a business associated with water sports
- The repositioning of the public toilets at Holland Haven
- A new bridleway
- A possible "glamping" type site
- An arts/sculpture trail
- A development of a small number of aspirational homes
- A cafe on the greensward at Star Point
The one that is being pushed along at an alarming rate is the cafe at Star Point (opposite Hazelmere Road). This would set a precedent for future commercial development on the greensward. There are already two beach cafes and two restaurants in the immediate vicinity so this cafe is not needed and, If it was approved and subsequently failed, the building might well be used for another purpose, anything from a drop-in-centre to a residential home.
Holland-on-Sea should welcome appropriate and well-thought-out opportunities on the seafront itself but we must resist any development on our precious greensward which, if we do nothing, could be swallowd up by commercial and residential development.
The Holland-on-Sea Residents Association need to demonstrate to Tendring District Council that it will not accept development on our greenswards. If you agree, please send your objection to the proposed cafe development by writing to CouncillorJoy Broderick at 43 The Espanade, Holland-on-Sea, CO15 5TU or by Email to email@example.com. Alternatively, you can drop in your written objection to Colin's Hairdressers in Stratford Road.
At a council meeting on 11th November 2014, a formal vote was taken on the Local Development Order and it was agreed that the greensward and the Haven are not included. This means that any new devopment proposed for those areas would require planning permission.
Holland residents who contributed to a fighting fund to oppose the LDO will be reimbursed in full. The sole expenditure of £300 for a specialist consultant has been settled out of HRA funds.
Grateful thanks to all who supported and contributed to the campaign.