The Leas Shelter – APPLN. NO: 14/01507/BC4

APPLN. NO: 14/01507/BC4
Officer: Sophie Glendinning
Date Valid. 19 September 2014

USE SHELTER AS CAFE (CLASS A3), ERECT REFUSE AND PLANT ROOM TO SIDE, ALTER ELEVATIONS AND ERECT RAILINGS TO SOUTHERN BOUNDARY AND LAYOUT HARD AND SOFT LANDSCAPING, ERECT SINGLE STOREY GLAZED ROTUNDA ABOVE SHELTER

SHELTER WESTERN ESPLANADE WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA

The development of The Leas shelter is largely to be welcomed, and this is not just my view but also that of many residents I have spoken with.

However, it is clear that any development here must not be intrusive, spoil the character of the conservation area it is situated in, or diminish public access to a much cherish public resource. This proposal fails on all three counts.

It fails to satisfy because of the proposal to build above the shelter. Erecting a single storey glazed rotunda above the shelter should not be allowed to go ahead.

The rotunda will visually impact residents in the area, and is liable to cause noise nuisance. The proposed late opening times will exacerbate this, and those who currently enjoy quiet sea views will likely see this ended.

This old shelter is an important piece of the conservation area jigsaw, and its development will change this. However, whilst the development remains at ground floor level the change will be reasonably discrete; adding onto the roof will substantially alter its character, to the detriment of the vicinity.

The roof is currently used by passing pedestrians, being a good viewing platform for Westcliff-on-Sea beach and the estuary. A rotunda will deny this amenity to future visitors.

Four recent planning applications in Milton ward

APPLN. NO: 14/00900/FUL

Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 6 August 2014

CHANGE OF USE OF FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS FROM OFFICE (CLASS B1) TO CONSOLE GAMING CENTRE (CLASS D1)

FIRST FLOOR AND SECOND FLOOR 102 HIGH STREET SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

APPLN. NO: 14/01010/FUL

Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 1 August 2014

DEMOLISH EXISTING 2 STOREY STABLE/MEWS TO REAR OF 38 HAMLET COURT ROAD AND ERECT TWO STOREY DWELLING WITH COURTYARD TO REAR
38 HAMLET COURT ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX

APPLN. NO: 14/01161/FUL

Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 16 July 2014

ON LAND ADJACENT TO 91-95 ST HELENS ROAD ERECT TWO STOREY DETACHED DWELLINGHOUSE, EXTEND EXISTING VEHICULAR ACCESS AND FORM HABITABLE ACCOMMODATION IN EXISTING BASEMENT AREA AT REAR

91 ST HELEN’S ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX

APPLN. NO: 14/01194/PA3COU

Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 28 July 2014

CHANGE OF USE FROM SHOP (A1) TO ONE DWELLINGHOUSE (C3)

28 – 30 HAMLET COURT ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX

Have ego, will email

Email exchanges between Southend-on-Sea’s councillors are mostly mundane. Only occasionally do they titillate.

One Independent member of the Executive chose to include the following in an email to all councillors today: There have been two pre- application presentations in the last two weeks, the amount of interest and attendance by Members has been in my opinion appalling.

I did not go to the first of these (I do not have a note of it, but I assume I was busy elsewhere). Quite often I am double booked, and I cannot be the only one. I did go to the second, last night’s pre-planning presentation on the plans for the old college site in Carnarvon Road. I made a note of who was there: four Labour members, three Liberal Democrats, two from UKIP, two from the Independent Group, and one Conservative.

I can only presume that said Executive member is having a swipe at the Conservatives and his own group as the other three groups had about half their members present. I should add that many of us specialise, and therefore elect to attend presentations that reflect these specialisms.

The Executive member’s email did give another member the opportunity to query part of their email sign-off; they styled themselves ‘Chair, Independent Group Committee’. The Executive member was reluctant to fully explain, a reluctance that is puzzling.

Anyone wanting to see the email sign-off for themselves are advised to email CllrAssenheim@southend.gov.uk

Said Executive member also added this: Hopefully, the new presentation for the Fossetts Farm Development tomorrow evening will be better attended.

I will not be going to this presentation, or conducting any council business unless there is an emergency. This is because of the industrial action being taken by public sector workers. They are sacrificing a day’s pay, and the least I can do is respect picket lines, both physical and electronic.

Inconsistencies (jumping on any passing bandwagon)

Some of Cllr Mark Flewitt’s posts require close reading, if only because of the grammar defying nature of much that he writes. The Conservative member for St Laurence is currently hopping onto the Thornford Gardens action group’s bandwagon. See TAG is getting it’s point across

Two thoughts struck me on reading this. Firstly, Cllr Flewitt has been vociferous in his objection to a speculative garden grab, yet is objecting to a brownfield development. Quite where are we supposed to build houses is beyond me. Oh yeah, the answer is always ‘elsewhere’.

The picture of TAG (Mark has a predilection for TLAs) shows the SKIPP triumvirate (Mark, Patsy and Sheena). It occurred to me that they (SKIPP) are campaigning for a museum to hold the Saxon burial articles to be built in Priory Park (instead of on the Cliffs). This museum will generate traffic – which begs the question as to why traffic associated with housing is bad in their eyes, but museum traffic is good?

Two very interesting planning applications

APPLN. NO: 14/00770/DEM

Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 27 June 2014

DEMOLISH YACHT CLUB

ALEXANDRA YACHT CLUB CLIFTON TERRACE SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

APPLN. NO: 14/00914/FULM

Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 23 June 2014

DEMOLISH PARTS OF EXISTING BUILDING AND CARRY OUT VARIOUS EXTENSIONS TO FORM 3 STOREY BLOCK OF 22 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS WITH ASSOCIATED CAR PARKING, AMENITY SPACE AND CYCLE STORE

32 – 36 VALKYRIE ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX

This week’s notable planning application for Milton ward

APPLN. NO: 14/00870/TEL

Officer: Patricia Coyle Date Valid. 2 June 2014

INSTALL 12.5 METRE HIGH MONO POLE ANNTENNA AND TWO EQUIPMENT CABINETS AND ASSOCIATED WORKS

TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAND AT WESTERN ESPLANADE WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA

Three planning applications

APPLN. NO: 14/00500/FUL

Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 8 May 2014

ERECT TWO STOREY DWELLINGHOUSE TO REAR 5 AVENUE ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX

APPLN. NO: 14/00598/FUL

Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 16 April 2014

FORM SELF CONTAINED FLAT (CLASS C3) TO FIRST FLOOR AND SECOND FLOOR AND INSTALL NEW SHOPFRONT AT GROUND FLOOR (AMENDED PROPOSAL) (RETROSPECTIVE)

52 – 54 ALEXANDRA STREET SOUTHEND-ON-SEA ESSEX

APPLN. NO: 14/00745/PA3COU

Officer: Anna Tastsoglou Date Valid. 12 May 2014

CHANGE OF USE OF GROUND FLOOR FROM SHOP (CLASS A1) TO A SELF CONTAINED FLAT (CLASS C3)

24 MILTON ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX

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