The Grove, Prospect Road: Since 2005, there have been several applications for increasing numbers of permanent sites. The latest application has been submitted for Permanent use of the site for continued occupation by extended family for 5 mobile homes and 5 touring caravans. There has still been no decision.

53 Ernest Road: The application for residential use of a single dwelling house at the rear of 53 Ernest Road was refused by the Council. We had many complaints from local residents and sent a letter of objection. Planning permission is required but, as yet, none has been submitted.

55 Ernest Road: The Council visited the property to investigate the use of an outbuilding as residential use and found builders residing there to protect the equipment on site. The site manager was advised that this could not continue and the use subsequently ceased. As there have been subsequent complaints, and we await further details from the Council.

28 Elm Grove: The application for the erection of a two storey, four bedroom dwelling and a detached garage to the rear of 28 Elm Grove was refused on 8 April and has not yet been appealed.

11 Walden Way:   The application for proposed demolition of existing garage, with erection of low level chalet style three bedroom dwelling with associated parking and amenity is still undecided. We have had contacts from local residents and have written to the Council objecting on behalf of the Association. RR has called it in.

Clarewood, Hubbards Close: An application for the demolition of existing detached house, garage, scaffold yard and sheds to construct 3 new dwelling units, which was refused by the Council, has been appealed and we have no date yet for the Inspector’s visit.

Imperial Motors: An application has been submitted for use of rear part of the site for the parking of cars in association with lawful office use. (This is behind the Vantis building.) We have had several complaints from local residents and have written a letter of objection to the Council.


In addition:-

17 Elm Grove: Retrospective application submitted for use of an outbuilding in rear garden for domestic and business use went to Committee on 17 January, with the Officer recommending approval. Permission was granted but the Decision Notice was not issued because the Members referred it back to officers to strengthen the Conditions. A local resident requested a copy of these intended Conditions, but, as yet, this has not been forthcoming. There still appears to be a contravention of these Conditions, particularly in relation to the long-term parking of business vans.

2 Essex Gardens: An application for “Prior Approval” was submitted for a proposed change of use to form café combined A3 and A5 use (A3 is a restaurant/café and A5 a Takeaway). The proposed opening times are Monday – Friday 7.00am to 4.30pm; Saturday 7.00am to 2.00pm; closed Sundays and Bank Holidays. “Prior Approval” means that the applicant seeks approval under “permitted development”. As such, it is decided by officers rather than the Planning Committee. We have objected because of the proposed introduction of an A5 use and the conversion of a storage area to parking – which should require planning permission. In addition, RR is in contact with the Council. A decision is due on 17 July.


Goodrington School, Walden Way: An application has been submitted for the demolition of the former private school with new residential development consisting of 4 No. two-bedroom detached bungalows. We have given advice to a local resident who wishes to object.


N.B. We have also been contacted by several local residents who wish to object various planning applications, and have given advice accordingly. These tend to be applications where it is considered to be inappropriate for the Association to become involved.



Published on: 6 July 2019