Leading developer of sustainable communities, Countryside, has submitted detailed plans and designs for the first 192 new homes on land north of London Road and south of Rawreth Lane in Rayleigh, Essex to Rochford District Council.
In 2016, Rochford District Council approved outline plans for 500 new homes across the whole site, which has been allocated for development in the Council’s adopted Site Allocations Plan.
The ‘reserved matters’ planning application sets out plans for the first phase of new homes to be built in the northern part of the site (off Rawreth Lane). It has been submitted
Further survey work will take place on the West of Rayleigh development site in early September in preparation for firming up technical design approvals for the new link road and associated highways work. The surveys will confirm services and utility locations in preparation for future work.
Construction work is unlikely to start on site until 2017.
Plans to build up to 500 new homes in Rayleigh were last night given the go ahead. Rochford District Council has granted outline planning consent, subject to the signing of a legal agreement, for Countryside’s proposals to create a new neighbourhood to the west of Rayleigh that includes new homes as well as extensive community facilities, infrastructure and public spaces.
The 46-hectare site that lies to the north of London Road and south of Rawreth Lane has been allocated for housing under the local authority’s Adopted Core Strategy and Site Allocations Plans.
Countryside’s vision for the development is
In June, Countryside submitted a new planning application for the development of land west of Rayleigh (Within Rochford Council’s site allocation SER1) to address the reasons Rochford District Council’s planning committee cited for refusal of the outline planning application in January. This planning application is due to be considered by the planning committee on Wednesday 30th September.
The application was accompanied by additional/updated supporting information, including an Open Space and Playing Field Assessment; a Flood Risk Assessment Addendum; an updated Transport Assessment; and a note on education.
There were no changes to the original planning application development
Countryside has submitted a new planning application for the development of land west of Rayleigh (known as site allocation SER1) to address the reasons Rochford District Council’s planning committee cited for refusal of the outline planning application in January. These reasons were flood risk, education capacity, transport and highways, and sport pitch provision.
The application is accompanied by additional/updated supporting information, namely:
- An Open Space and Playing Field Assessment addressing playing field provision;
- A Flood Risk Addendum responding to specific matters raised regarding the previously submitted Flood Risk Assessment;
- An updated Transport Assessment, which explains in more detail how
Countryside has this week submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against Rochford District Council’s refusal of the outline planning application for the site west of Rayleigh.
Andrew Carrington, Managing Director of Strategic Land at Countryside said: “The site at Rayleigh has already been allocated for housing and was recommended for approval by planning officers and as such we felt we were left with little option but to appeal the unsubstantiated grounds for refusal, which were not supported by the evidence.”
It is not yet known when the outcome of the appeal can be expected.
Following the Development Management committee meeting on Thursday 29th January, Andrew Carrington, Managing Director at Countryside comments: “We are very disappointed and surprised by Rochford Council’s decision to refuse the planning application for the site west of Rayleigh, which goes against the recommendation for approval made by the Council’s planning officers. We will be reviewing our options over the coming days in order to ensure that we can bring forward this allocated housing site for development at the earliest opportunity.”
Ahead of the Development Management committee meeting on Thursday 29th January, at which the outline planning application for the development of land west of Rayleigh will be determined, Countryside has provided an update to Rochford District Councillors. This information can be downloaded here: Update Note
Click on the link below to read the latest newsletter regarding the West of Rayleigh proposal. This has been sent to over 5,000 households in Rayleigh.
West of Rayleigh - Newsletter September 2014
Outline plans for up to 500 new homes to be built to the west of Rayleigh have been submitted to Rochford District Council by developer Countryside. The proposals also cover the delivery of a range of community facilities, infrastructure and open spaces for the 46 hectare site, which lies to the north of London Road and south of Rawreth Lane.
The vision for the development is to create a distinctive new neighbourhood that takes its design cues from the best elements of Rayleigh and Essex architecture. A range of high quality, energy efficient new homes is