Thursday, 29 May 2014

Tendring District Council - Local Plan Newsletter and Public Consultation on the Statement of Community Involvement

I received the first Tendring District Council Local Plan Newsletter by email today, 29th May 2014.

If you didn't receive the newsletter, I can forward it to you - please email me, there is an email button available from the 'View my complete profile' link under 'About Me' on this internet page.

In summary:

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Tending District Council Local Plan Committe is at 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th July 2014 at the Council Offices in Weeley.

Members of the public can attend these meetings.

Document References

There are several references in the newsletter to the A1 - A5 documents which are linked-to from the minutes of the 13th May 2014 meeting, see my earlier blog post.

Results of January 2014 Consultation

In the newsletter under 'Results of our last public consultation', 'The top 10 issues raised':

4 - Development on the Colchester Fringe
Residents in Colchester are worried that possible development crossing the Tendring/Colchester border might add to existing concerns about traffic and the environment.

Timetable for the new Local Plan

To quote from the newsletter:

"To make sure the Council follows the right procedures when preparing the Local Plan and to also ensure that other people can understand the different stages of the process, it has to produce a ‘Local Development Scheme’ (LDS).

On 13th May, the Local Plan Committee approved a new LDS containing the timetable for public consultation, examination by a Planning Inspector and final adoption for the new Local Plan. The main stages for producing the Local Plan are as follows:

Initial public consultation: Early 2015

Final public consultation: Autumn 2015

Examination by the Inspector: Spring 2016

Adoption of the Local Plan: Summer 2016"

Statement of Community Involvement

This document "explains how residents and others will be notified, consulted and involved in preparing the Local Plan and considering major planning applications".

There is a proposed new Statement of Community Involvement which can be commented on until 5pm on Monday 7th July 2014.

Colchester East Action Group (CHEAG)

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tendring Council Local Plan Committee Meeting, 13th May 2014

I attended this meeting, along with around 50 other members of the public.

The meeting agenda is here:

Tendring Council - Local Plan Commitee
View Local Plan Committee Agenda, 13 May 2014
Click here
(This has now been updated to be minutes of the meeting.)

Objections to the 'Colchester Fringe' proposals were mentioned as having been received, and they are also mentioned in the paperwork related to the meeting, see here.

Gary Guiver, Planning Policy Manager, was the main speaker at the meeting, going through the documents from the agenda, although there was quite a bit of discussion, and questions from members of the committee and the public.

Mr Guiver said the public consultation had been very useful as an intelligence-gathering excercise, although it was not going to be possible to please everyone.

Colchester Council is reviewing its local plan at the same time as Tendring's review, and both councils are open to development in the 'Colchester Fringe' area, so the proposals are being taken seriously by both councils.

All the recommendations from the meeting agenda were approved at the meeting, including the following regarding housing and employment numbers:

"That the Local Plan Committee considers the evidence outlined in this report and agrees that the new version of the Local Plan should include proposals and policies that aim to deliver at least 12,120 new homes and 5,000 new jobs in Tendring over the 17 year period 2014 to 2031."
(From 'A.3 Housing and Employment Growth in the new Local Plan' from the meeting agenda.)

Regarding public consultations, there could be a separate one for the 'Colchester Fringe' proposals, if they go ahead, because there could be a separate local plan for them.

There is a 'project plan' at the end of the following document from the meeting agenda:

A4 Appendix A - A.4 Local Development Scheme 2014-2017
Section 8 - Project Chart, on Page 22.

Colchester East Action Group (CHEAG)

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

My Comment on St Anne's Politicians

This post updated: 14 May 2014

My view on what the local St Anne's (Colchester) politicians are doing is that I haven't seen them do anything regarding the 'Colchester Fringe' proposals, apart from deliver leaflets containing nothing of substance (in my opinion), and pose for photos!

They are saying that they are fighting for the residents regarding the Colchester Fringe proposals, but I've seen nothing siginificant being done!

The 'A-2' document from the Tendring Local Plan Committe Meeting Agenda of 13 May 2014 does not list any objection received in January 2014 from St Anne's politicians! (There is one from St. John's - from Cllr. Ray Gamble.)

I think the St Anne's politicians should be following the councils' proposals and organising residents' responses.

Our MP has made an objection to Tendring Council, but so have some of the residents. The other concerns about land purchases he raised in the House of Commons, I think are a red herring.

This situation seems to me to be counter-productive because people will be less likely to send objections to Tendring Council themselves, if they have been given the impression that their local politicians are handling the issue.

Colchester East Action Group (CHEAG)