So Much For Barrett’s ‘Proposals’

Peter Burch

AN OPPORTUNITY to address the needs of the borough’s homeless suddenly melted away on Wednesday evening when Barrett’s Kiln Road development proposals faced the forensic scrutiny of Peter Burch, Conservative member for Cedar Hall, who immediately took the applicant to task on five main areas that sounded the plan’s death knell.

  • Instances of plot frontages, required to be no less than 12.2 metres, fell to just 9.1 metres; and 51 (one-third of the dwellings) fell below 9.1 metres to just 5 metres.
  • Five blocks of flats were within the development (contrary to the borough’s requirements of being located on main roads) and three out of the five failed to meet the requisite isolation space to prevent overlooking.
  • Sixteen plots’ amenity space did not fulfil requirements.
  • Twenty-one plots did not meet parking space requirements and there were problems with turning and movement.
  • Natural England had objected to the proposals.

The decision was unanimous. The plans were rejected.

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2 Responses

  1. It wasn’t just Cllr Burch who pointed out the deficiencies, Cllrs John Anderson, Maryse Iles all did the same. What a pity the speaker Hurrell did nothing but sneer and make snide comments instead of addressing the matter.

  2. Well Rebecca Harris has done what she promised as has has the New Coalition Government, below is a copy of aSent to all Chief Planners

    The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP
    Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
    Department for Communities and Local Government
    Eland House Bressenden Place London SW1E5DU

    27th May 2010

    ABOLITION OF REGIONAL STRATEGIES

    I am writing to you today to highlight our commitment in the coalition agreements where we very clearly set out our intention to rapidly abolish Regional Strategies and return decision making powers on housing and planning to local councils. Consequently, decisions on housing supply (including the provision of travellers sites) will rest with Local Planning Authorities without the framework of regional numbers and plans.

    I will make a formal announcement on this matter soon. However, I expect Local Planning Authorities and the Planning Inspectorate to have regard to this letter as a material planning consideration in any decisions they are currently taking.

    THE RT HON ERIC PICKLES MP

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