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 proposals.
Since this new application was submitted, Countryside has provided further information to the Council, as follows:
Improving water storage on site
Following further discussions with the District and County Councils, Countryside has agreed to provide further improvements to water management on the site that will make the situation on site better than it is now. Larger surface-water attenuation ponds are now proposed to increase storage of water on site and other measures will be committed to which further decrease the rate of water discharge into Rawreth Brook.
Sports pitches feasibility study
At the request of Sport England, Countryside commissioned a feasibility study to demonstrate the use-ability of the proposed sports pitch area. This found that the area is suitable and that the proposals will offer future flexibility, particularly given that the pitches sit alongside the existing pitches at the Sports and Social Club. Countryside is committed to integrating the new pitches with the existing pitches, should the Council require it, by removing the proposed hedgerows in between the two and ensuring land levels work.
The planning application can be accessed here, using reference 15/00362/OUT.