The plan for the first phase of housing on Dry St Pastures has been approved by Basildon Council without putting it before the planning committee. Sadly they have the power to ignore this democratic and transparent process. Your local councillors, particularly those that serve on the planning committee are shocked and horrified.
It was quite clear during the recent consultation that the housing plan, for the first phase, was rather different to that put forward as part of the outline planning permission in June 2013. It was quite possible that the plan would have been thrown out by councillors if it had gone to the planning committee, on the basis that the details were so different to the outline. For example, Redrow have downgraded the low cost housing element of the plan; they are allowed to pay off the council so that low cost housing can be built elsewhere.
The first phase of 30 homes detailed in the outline planning permission has increased to 181. In the outline plan, following the building of 30 homes, highway improvement would commence. Those that live in Dry St will know that surveyors were there this week to begin upgrading the Nethermayne end of Dry St.
The courts do not sit in August so our case will have joined a number of other small cases to be reviewed by a judge in September. We have asked to have our case re examined on the basis that we have suffered an injustice because previous judges did not take account of an EU law being broken, and refused us a judicial review. The odds are against us but it really is our last chance to make any legal challenge. We hope to hear news next week.