Urgent response to a threat to Daws Heath


Another huge chunk of Green Belt under threat
Proposal to destroy Green Belt

Our MP Rebecca Harris has enabled us all to become aware of plans to destroy some of the limited environmental treasure of  Green Belt land in Castle Point.

Extracts of her own words include: “Developers are seeking views on their plans for 60 homes they want to build on Green Belt south of Daws Heath Road.. . . .This site has not been included into any past drafts of the Castle Point Local Plan and in my view they would be trying to exploit the fact the council has withdrawn the previous draft plan if they submit this as a speculative planning application……It is important that residents’ views are heard on this and they are fully aware of the strength of local feeling on the matter. …… Disappointingly, the developers, ‘Rainier’, have decided not to put up a website with details of their plans but they have put out a leaflet to some residents local to the site asking for views. The photo I have included with this post is the masterplan of what they are proposing.
They have asked that feedback on the proposals be emailed to tom.sharman@savills.com , or you can give them your feedback over the phone on 01245 293243.”

Rebecca Harris has written to Rainier Developments,  with a strong representation to protect the local residents and the uniquely valuable green belt which is so threatened in Castle Point.
The full text is downloadable below at {MP’s Letter re Land South of Daws Heath Rd Planned Development} , with key extracts as follows.

Dear Rainier Developments,
I was very disappointed to read your consultation for your planned development South of Daws Heath Road.. . . . The land is designated as Green Belt…  …. You should make the arguments you wish to make regarding the site in the emerging local plan process and let democratically elected politicians decide its suitability as a strategic site….
…..it is unlikely you will be able to accurately determine the level of investment necessary for your proposed ‘Sustainable Urban Drainage Scheme’, to ensure it will not cause unacceptable strain on existing surface water management systems in Castle Point and exacerbate flood risk for existing properties…..      …… all vehicles entering or exiting your proposed development site via the access point onto Daws Heath Road you propose are likely to put further unacceptable congestion on the A129 Rayleigh Road around the Woodmans Arms and Rayleigh Weir junctions. Both junctions are already severely overcapacity at peak times and frequently congested throughout most of the day.….
….  I urge you not to submit this application for the reasons above and to instead focus on developing smaller brownfield sites around the Borough that will provide homes for local people, without seeing the loss of undeveloped Green Belt that residents truly treasure.”

The two downloadable files are the MP’s letter,  and the full social media post which includes the map, the letter and advice from our MP.

You are able to make your views known by 23rd January 2023 on the proposals  to tom.sharman@savills.com , or  give your feedback over the phone on 01245 293243.

Why not let your neighbours and contacts be aware of this limited window of opportunity?


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