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Writtle has a population of around 4,200 and has retained its character with many beautiful walks and places of interest. Writtle holds a number of events on its village green, details of these can be found in our village diary.
Forthcoming Writtle Parish Council Meetings
Parish Council Meeting - Monday, 3 February 2020 - 7.30pm
Writtle Community Speedwatch is back in the village. You might have noticed groups of volunteers on the Ongar Road operating the newly calibrated speed devices. If you are interested in joining the speedwatch group, please contact the Parish Clerk.
LOCAL PLAN - MAIN MODIFICATIONS CONSULTATION
COULD YOU BE A SPECIAL CONSTABLE FOR WRITTLE?
If you want to make a real difference in your village then volunteer as a Community Special Constable and play a part in keeping your neighbourhood safe. Writtle Parish Council is supporting Essex Police to increase local and visible policing in their area: Visit https://www.essex.police.uk/join-the-police/special-constabulary/ to find out more. Writtle Parish Council will be funding the initiative. Under the scheme the parish council will fund the expenses of volunteer police officers who will be designated to Writtle. The Special Constables will be volunteering 16 hours each month and will have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers.
TRAVELLERS SITE – Junction of Ongar Road and Highwood Road
Update as to outcome of hearing from Chelmsford City Council
As you know, on the 31 January/ 01 February there was two day hearing in the High Court , where (through our barrister) the Council argued for a final injunction to be made, which would require the gypsies/travellers to remove their caravans and all associated paraphernalia from the site. The gypsies/travellers opposed this application. They were represented by a barrister at the hearing and some of them attended in person.
The Judge issued his decision late yesterday afternoon, which I was present in Court to hear.
Unfortunately, the Judge was not prepared to grant us a final injunction in the terms that we sought i.e. immediate removal of the caravans from the site.
Instead however, the Judge required that formal undertakings from the gypsies/travellers to the effect that in the event that their ongoing planning appeal (to the Secretary of State) against refusal of planning permission is refused then they will remove their caravans from the site within one month of such decision. (Formal undertakings of this kind have the same status an injunction. This means that if the appeal is dismissed then the gypsies/travellers would be in contempt of Court if they then failed to remove the caravans.)
In the meantime the interim Injunction that the Council has already secured will remain in effect. This means that no further caravans may be brought onto the land and no further development may take place.
It is probable that there will be a timeframe of 9 - 12 months for the current planning appeal to be determined by a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. I would note that the Council has no control or influence over the appeal timetable.
At this time the Council has done everything within its legal powers and the planning legal framework to require the gypsies/travellers to vacate the site. It is disappointing that the Court has failed to grant an Injunction on the precise terms sought by the Council, which we considered a necessary step in order to enforce planning controls. Ultimately, this is of course a matter at the Court’s discretion.
I should add that the Judge stated in his Judgment that the Council had acted entirely properly and followed all correct procedures in applying for the injunction. This being the case, he ordered the gypsies/travellers to pay the Council's legal costs (which are substantial).
MASTERPLAN SUBMISSION FOR STRATEGIC GROWTH SITE 2 (WARREN FARM) - 18/00001/MAS
Following the meeting of the Writtle Parish Council's Planning & Development Committee on Monday, 17 December, the committee had the following objections to the masterplan. The comments have been submitted to the Planning Department at Chelmsford City Council and can be viewed here.
History of Writtle
Writtle is one of the prettiest villages in the county with many Grade I listed houses. It dates back to the Romans who were present in the village shortly after the Roman conquest and two Roman burial urns were found buried in the gardens of the old vicarage.
Writtle was a royal manor and was mentioned in the Domesday Book when its population was about 900 making it bigger than Chelmsford at the time. The manor was situated on the main route between London and East Anglia and part of this route can be seen at Lawford Lane, which is now a bridle path.
King John is one of the most famous people to be associated with Writtle. He built a hunting lodge in the village in 1211, which is now situated within the grounds of Writtle College. It is also believed that Robert the Bruce, who was once the King of Scotland, was born in the village on July 11, 1274.
Today, little remains of Writtles royal connections, but it is only a matter of time before more of the villages past is discovered with Iron Age, Bronze Age and Roman ruins currently being dug up by amateur archaeologists.
In March 1990 the parish council asked for volunteers to start a collection of photographs of the village and Writtle Archives was created. Writtle Archives is currently located in the Christian Centre and is open on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 - 5.00pm. There is a proposal to build an extension at the Parish Office to rehouse the Archives.
For information and services provided by other authorities visit the following websites: Essex County Council (including Highways to report potholes and other highways issues or flooding), Chelmsford City Council (including planning, public health, refuse collection), current and future roadworks, Essex Police (to report an non-emergency incident. Always call 999 in an emergency)
Village Design Statement
The Writtle Village Design Statement (VDS) was developed by a residents steering group, which sought views of the entire community in order to identify the local design character of the Parish.
The VDS was Launched and adopted as Planning Guidance by Chelmsford City Council in 2004. Its aim is not to prevent development but to manage change and design within the Parish of Writtle and is a statement of how local people want the built environment to look in the years and decades ahead. A PDF copy of the VDS can be found here .
Writtle Parish Plan
The Parish Plan was developed by a residents steering group after a Parish wide consultation to seek the views and aspirations of Parishioners on the many elements that contribute to Writtle as a thriving community. It was launched in 2011 (updated 11th February 2019) and copies of the Parish Plan and Youth Plan together with the Business Plan can be found here .