PLANNING EXHIBITION


The Planning Exhibition organised by our Chairman Cllr. Sonia Grantham, took place as advertised on Tuesday 22nd November in the Village Hall Annexe. This meeting was wholly a Parish affair, manned by Parish Council members, held especially for those unable to attend the Tendring sponsored meeting held on Saturday 8th October and attended by District Council Officers.


Our Clerk Neil Williams, had prepared for the event beforehand with a Power Point presentation, showing all the Third Party applications in St Osyth and Point Clear with the accompanying notes. He had also procured five short films with sound, on the Governments policy with regard to planning and housing policy in particular. These were all available for residents to view on request and were shown in a special seated area.



The exhibition achieved its objective in giving those not able to attend the TDC meeting last month, a chance to express their own views on the Parish site applications either for or against, and to discuss with Parish Council members what they thought of the overall Tendring position with regard to these ‘Third Party’ application, submitted for consideration as part of the LDF (Local Development Framework) currently being constructed by our Town Planning Department at Weeley.

It is important to understand what a ‘Third Party’ application actually is. It is not a Housing development site suggested by the District Council, it is not a site suggested by the Parish Council, it is not a site suggested by the Government or one of its departments. It is a piece of land in private ownership, where the land owner, in effect, says to the District Council that he would like his or her piece of land considered for Housing Development by the Districts Planners for inclusion in their final LDF plan when submitted to the government department responsible. If the land offered is included in the final plan then at some time in the future, when the owner wishes to develop the land, he knows his land is within the plan and that clearly is a major factor in any development on his site.

THE PARTICULAR SITES ON DISPLAY IN OUR PARISH WERE:
Site 120: Land off Dumont Avenue, Point Clear (3 dwellings)
Site 121: Land rear of Point Clear Road, Point Clear (30 dwellings)
Site 122: St. Osyth Priory, Colchester Road, St. Osyth (250 dwellings)
Site 123: Land at Folly Farm, Clacton Road/Rochford Road, St. Osyth (89 dwellings)
Site 124: Field north of Clacton Road, St. Osyth< (15 dwellings)
Site 125: Land at Woodlands Farm off Rectory Road, Weeley Heath/St. Osyth (1 dwelling)

On the paper work for each individual plan the District Council had added
IMPORTANT NOTE: TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL WILL BE UNDERTAKING A DETAILED ASSESSMENT OF THIS SITE. THE COUNCIL HAS NOT, AT THIS TIME, MADE ANY FINAL DECISIONS ABOUT WHETHER THIS SITE SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT BE EARMARKED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW LOCAL PLAN. THEREFORE ANY COMMENTS YOU HAVE WILL BE GRATEFULLY RECEIVED.

On the tables were five copies of the District Council document headed:-
POSSIBLE HOUSING SITES. Suggestions from third party landowners and developers for possible housing and mixed-use development sites.

With the above document to hand it was possible to search for the various sites suggested in Clacton and Little Clacton which adjoin St. Osyth Parish and may be of special interest to our residents.

Whilst Parish Council members are NOT planning experts and could not, in any way replace the District Council officers, attending the 8th October exhibition at Bishops Park School, members were able to guide visitors to the appropriate book or point out a place on one of the plans on display, so at the end of a busy day our Parish Chairman, Councillors and our Clerk Neil, felt it was a day well spent!
All photographs by Neil Williams

M.J.T.
27/11/11

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