Tendring District Council Draft Local Plan - still in abeyance.
A NEW PLANNING APPLICATION HAS GONE IN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT ON BARRACKS FIELD - SO OUR FIGHT TO BE HEARD CONTINUES. 19/00524/OUT
WE NEED AS MANY LETTERS OF OBJECTION AS POSSIBLE IF YOU DO NOT WANT THIS TO GO AHEAD. IF YOU NEED HELP/APRO-FORMA LETTER THEN PLEASE CONTACT US ASAP.
Our letter to Clacton Gazette 5th April 2019-
'SHAME ON YOU, TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL
The National Planning Policy Framework says right on its first web page – “The Right homes in the right place.” Residents have made a strong case against the land behind Weeley Council Offices in Thorpe Road being included in the local draft plan – and were looking forward to their arguments being heard in front of the Government Inspector at Appeal.
Unfortunately TDC’s barrister seems to be unable to put a strong case forward and it appears, advises that the Appeal, if lost, will cost the Council, and us the ratepayers, over £100,000 – and will lose us our democratic right to challenge the developer’s plans. We feel that our strong case, together with that of the council, might well have won the day, but of course now we will never know. It’s OK to waste ratepayers money on a useless £800,000 phone app, or putting in and then taking away a silly water feature in the middle of Clacton it seems, but not protect those who pay your wages.
How come the proposed ‘disability friendly’ bridge being built to a rutted public footpath on private land will be a better one than that which has recently been built at Weeley’s much vaunted local Railway station, where disabled passengers cannot access the up platform? How come Weeley Council Offices are being sold off – is that because Councillors and staff realised that they would never be able to get to and from work and meetings because of the traffic gridlocks that will inevitably ensue from this monster of a development?
You are going to rue the day you allowed this development to continue on its merry way, destroying the rural nature of our environment; you will not have to live through the upheaval of the development and the havoc it is going to cause residents and visitors to the area in the future; what is the point of a planning policy, why waste all that money trying to adhere to it, when developers can drive a horse and cart right through it any time they please?
Yours in absolute disbelief and dismay'
WITH HEAVY HEART WE POST THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT FROM TDC
Tendring District Council (TDC) will not contest a planning appeal over proposals for 280 homes, a school and offices in Weeley following independent legal advice.
Councillors on TDC’s Planning Committee refused the proposals at a meeting in November 2018, prompting an appeal by the applicants against the decision.
Following independent legal advice from a QC the Planning Committee was asked at its meeting earlier this month (March 2019) to consider the council’s position at a forthcoming public inquiry.
At its meeting on March 12 the Planning Committee ruled that the council should withdraw opposition to the appeal due to insufficient evidence to support the refusal.
The matter was considered in private due to the confidential nature of the legal advice provided.
Will Lodge, TDC’s Communications Manager, said it had been an unusual step for the Planning Committee to not meet in public.
“This move was taken for legitimate reasons, to protect the legal advice given to the council which not only impacted upon this case, but has the potential to be relevant for other planning matters in Tendring,” Mr Lodge said.
“Considering the independent legal advice given on the application for Thorpe Road, Weeley, and the realistic prospect of defending the appeal – and the significant cost to the tax payer of defending a public inquiry against legal advice, which could well then see the developer’s costs awarded against us – the committee made the tough decision to not defend this appeal.”
URGENT NOTICE - The land behind the council offices in Thorpe Road is on the agenda for the Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday 12th March. Any residents who feel they would like to attend, despite the public being excluded when that land is discussed, please come along to Weeley Council Offices at 6pm.
The applicants have appealed to the Secretary of State - the appeal will be determined on the basis of an inquiry. All representations must be received by 4th February 2019.Those of you who made objections will have been notified, please make any further comments via the website or as directed to the PLANNING INSPECTORATE IN BRISTOL, quoting the appeal reference: APP/P1560/W/18/3218005