Committee Focus June 2018
The committee marked the occasion of Ian Davie’s last meeting after being a stalwart member of the Exco and Burstead committee for many years. Ian’s particular expertise in planning will be missed. He was presented with a gardening token so we don’t have to guess where he will be spending more of his free time. Thank you Ian.
Our web domain closes soon so we need to move our website to a new host. This is really challenging us to complete the work to produce a new website so that we go live in a new location with a brand-new website.
As our speaker for the AGM was going to be from CPRE we decided that we would take out a corporate membership of CPRE
Essex County Council (ECC), with the Department for Education (DfE), are planning to expand Brightside Primary School by 210 places in 2019, in order to meet the growth in the number of school places required to this area within Billericay. ECC are leading on the expansion which is contained within the existing School site on Brightside. Work is expected to start in autumn 2018 but as yet there has been no sign of a planning application by Essex County Council. Our West Area committee are continuing to keep a close watch and will object because the existing problems of car parking have not been resolved.
We are planning a revamp of how we keep our membership records so they are all in one place but will be accessible to all membership secretaries. This will enable us to have a much better idea of where our membership is and where we need to do better.
18/00366/FULL Maitland Lodge Southend Road Great Burstead - Demolition of Maitland Lodge and the construction of 47 new dwellings (Class C3) with vehicular access onto Southend Road, together with associated infrastructure and landscaping works. We have objected to this development because it is on the Green Belt. Interestingly in the Draft Local Plan this site is earmarked to come out of the Green belt but to be for 20 self-build houses.
Volunteers were due to attend a training session at Billericay Fire Station on 23 May – all being well they will be ready to monitor the traffic speeds soon after that.
The BDRA BAG Committee is taking expert advice regarding the best approach to the Regulation 19 consultation. The effect of the change in administration at Basildon Council on the Local Plan, and on the timetable for the Regulation 19 consultation, is not yet known, but BDRA will be closely watching developments. The Local Plan public drop in Day on 5th May was very well attended. A second such day on 16th June will be even more important as it is expected to be within the time frame of the Regulation 19 consultation. Once Reg 19 is launched a leaflet drop of the whole town will be actioned, providing all relevant information.