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National Planning Press Report
Loss of ordinary countryside to provide much-needed housing rejected
3 February 2020
A scheme for ten open market houses and ten affordable homes in the countryside outside an Essex village was rejected by an inspector despite a housing shortfall making inevitable a breach of existing settlement boundaries.
The site comprised a field outside the settlement boundary which, in the inspector’s opinion, formed an intrinsic part of the rural setting of the village and where development would encroach with significant landscape effect, harming the character and appearance of the area. He accepted that greenfield sites beyond settlement boundaries would need to be developed to provide sufficient housing land but considered that conflict with not fully up-to-date local policies protecting ordinary countryside without valued landscape status still weighed significantly against the proposal. The inspector referred to caselaw as establishing that parts of the countryside that are not subject to a statutory landscape designation, nevertheless come within the scope of NPPF paragraph 170 (b) and development failing to recognise the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside fails the environmental dimension of sustainable development.
Development of the site would also intrude into the setting of a number of listed buildings and a conservation area, although the inspector judged the extent of heritage harm would in fact be marginally outweighed by the public benefit of housing. Turning to the final tilted balance in his decision, the inspector concluded, adding heritage harm to harm to the character and appearance of the area and the environmental impact of a location that would encourage car travel, that together these matters outweighed the housing and other benefits of the scheme and he dismissed the appeal.
Inspector: Richard Aston; Hearing
Please note the intended closure of Crabtree Hill, due to commence on 8th March 2020 for 4 days.
2020 Litter Pick
The Litter Pick date was agreed as Sunday 2nd February, 10am meet at the Village Hall. All welcome.
Following the lack of availability of the chefs, and as the Council, despite making several enquiries, has been unable to find an available alternative chef, it was agreed that the Burns Night Lunch will not go ahead, and that the budget for the event will be used to help fund a whole community event on 21st March, 2020, as part of the Village Hall 20 year celebration
2019 Litter Pick
Please join us on Sunday 3rd February, meeting at the Village Hall at 11am to tidy up Widdington!
Bags and pickers will be provided.
Essex County Council are consulting on their 5 year strategy for future library services in Essex. The survey will be open 29/11/18-20/02/19
There shall be an Extra-Ordinary Meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 3rd January 2019 at 7.30pm in Widdington Village Hall to discuss the closure of the play park. All welcome.
The normal January Parish Council Meeting will commence at 8pm.
The July Parish Council meeting scheduled for Thursday 12th July is CANCELLED.
The rescheduled meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th July at 8pm
WIDDINGTON PLAY PARK NEEDS YOU!
Could you help?
Are you at the park regularly?
We need a volunteer to keep an eye on our play park, report issues, undertake minor repairs and maintenance, and engage with the Parish Council.
Training is available.
Please contact the Parish Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org or 01799 542569
Please join us at 10am this Sunday 25th February at Widdington Village Hall as we set off on our annual litter pick.
This burnt out trailer and it`s contents strewn around Hollow Road just past the entrance to Widdington Tip have been reported to
Uttleford Enforcement Team.
The Telephone Box - volunteers needed
Widdington Parish Council has the opportunity to take over ownership of the box, but we are already very short of councillors and do not have the time to take on this task as well.
Would you like to transfer the box to a library, a swap shop, or something original. The Parish Council could provide funds if you could volunteer to take responsibility for this project.
Please get in touch if you feel you could help.
The following road closures in Widdington have been announced by ECC;
Church Lane - for 1 day 23/02/18
Cornells Lane - for 1 day 26/02/18
Wood End Cut - for 1 day 08/03/18
Mole Hall Lane - for 1 day 09/03/18
These closures are required for the safety of the public and workforce whilst ECC undertakes Phase 1 of surface dressing works.
The Parish Council have for many years organised a hugely successful and enjoyable annual social event, which in recent years has taken the form of Burns Lunch by special invitation.
We would very much like to continue this tradition and provide a fantastic event for local residents, but we are currently low on councillors and really need your help.
Could you join a small sub-committee, alongside councillors to help make it happen?
We would really like to hear from you, please do get in touch.
Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Mobile Library Service
19th September - 6th November
Essex County Council are currently consulting over how to create a new library service which better fits with people`s lives. Find out about the proposals and complete the survey online at libraries.essex.gov.uk
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Widdington Road
The intended closure of Widdington Road is due to commence on 17th April for 5 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce whilst Essex County Council undertakes carriageway patching.
Police and Crime Commissioner Public Consultation
The people of Essex are being urged to have their say, in the potential change in the way Essex Police and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service is governed, through a 12 week consultation that starts today (Thursday 16th February) and ends on Wednesday 10th May.
The new Policing and Crime Act 2017 offers the opportunity to transform local fire and rescue governance, enabling police and crime commissioners to become the fire and rescue authority where a strong local case is made. The Government has also created a statutory duty to collaborate.
Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst said: “Together we have developed a local case for Essex to strengthen our emergency services, improve joint working and deliver significant savings. We have an opportunity to share knowledge; back office services; make better use of estates, and help protect vulnerable people in joined-up ways. The resources freed up by this would be reinvested in front line services and enable both emergency services to better protect the people of Essex.”
This new duty requires emergency services to keep collaboration opportunities under review and to take on collaboration opportunities where it would be in the interests of efficiency and effectiveness to do so.
Resignation of Cathie Southcott
Widdington Parish Council are sad to announce the resignation of Chairman Cathie Southcott from the Parish Council and thank Cathie for her years of dedication and hard work. Below is the link to the notice advertising the vacancy that Cathie`s departure creates on the Parish Council. If you are interested in joining the Parish Council or would like more information about being a councillor please contact any member of the council or the clerk. We look forward to hearing from you.
Replacement Waste Local Plan Modifications Consultation
5th Jan-16th Feb 2017
View the documents online at www.essex.gov.uk/WLP and www.southend.gov.uk/wastelocalplan
Responses can be made; online using the consultation portal http://consult.essexcc.gov.uk
by emailing email@example.com
or in writing to Minerals and Waste Planning, Planning and Environment, Essex County Council, Freepost CL3636, E3 County Hall, Chelmsford, CM1 1XZ
Parking on the High Street
At the January meeting of the Parish Council concerns were raised over the plethora of cars parked on the High Street, on occasion causing difficulty for the buses to pass. The Parish Council would like to thank those residents who continue to park considerately and would like to remind residents that there is adequate parking available in the Hamel Way car park, particularly handy for those with rear access to their properties.
Many thanks to the 15 volunteers who turned out on a very pleasant Sunday morning to clean up our village.
We collected 43 bags of assorted rubbish, 3 old tyres, 2 shock absorbers, a washing machine door and a pedestal fan.
A big thanks to Phil Mullenger for driving around in his truck and picking up all of the bags and delivering them to the Village Hall and also for taking the assorted rubbish to the tip.
Sunday 8th January, 2017
10am meet at the Village Hall
Please come along and help tidy up our village.
Essex County Council ( Debden Road, Newport) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) Order 2017
Notice is given that Essex County Council intends to make the above order under section 12(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
Effect of the order; To temporarily close that length of Debden Road, in the parish of Newport in the District of Uttlesford from it`s junction with High Street for a distance of approximately 35metres east.
The closure is scheduled for commencement on 15th january 2017 for one day. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while manhole cover closures are undertaken.
Bus Service Consultation
Bus users have less than a month left to share their views on proposed changes to bus services in Essex;
Bus Service Consultation 2
Recycling Centre Press Release 19/08/16
Please click on the document below regarding ECC`s crackdown on illegal waste at recycling centres.
Widdington Post Office Temporary Closure
Wednesday 12th September
I have today received a letter from the Post Office, informing me that following the retirement of the Postmaster, the Widdington branch will be closing temporarily at midday on Wed 12th September. They are investigating options to reinstate a service but may establish an alternative type of service. Any questions or comments can be addressed to Philippa Newey ( Field Change Advisor) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03457 223344.
Network Rail Level Crossing Reduction Strategy
Details of this crossing can be found at; http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/consultation%20documents/anglia%20level%20crossings/essex%20and%20others/newport/anglia%20level%20crossings%20-%20round%201%20consultation%20-%20e08%20-%20henham%20-%20cb11%203xp.pdf
The response survey is at: https://consultations.networkrail.co.uk/anglia-level-crossing-closures/anglia-level-crossings
ECC and Southend on Sea BC Joint Replacement Waste Local Plan is publically engaging until 14 April.
L(I)17R - Newport Quarry
W8 - Elsenham
They would prefer online responses
or download the response form pre-submission form
which can be printed and sent to;
Minerals and Waste Planning (RWLP), Planning and Environment, Essex County Council, Freepost CL 3636, E3 County Hall, Chelmsford, CM1 1XZ.
or emailed to;
Widdington Parish Council are holding an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting at 8pm on Wednesday 30th March in Widdington Village Hall
To consider and agree the comments to be returned to Uttlesford District Council regarding the following planning application:
UTT/15/3777/FUL - Mole Hall, Widdington
Demolition of existing glasshouse and erection of building for use as a children's play barn
Important Changes to the Local Bus Service Network in Essex from 10th April 2016
From the 10th April 2016 there will be important changes to many of the routes, timetables and service numbers of bus services in Essex.
Passengers, particularly those using the bus to go to school or work, are strongly recommended to check for the revisions using the National Traveline Service, available at: www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk shortly before undertaking their journey, so that they are aware of any changes that have been made.
The majority of dedicated school contract services, which are not open for use by the general public will not be affected.
Changes to bin collection times from 25 Nov 2015
Uttlesford District Council is advising residents that they may see a change in the collection times of their bins from next week. However, their collection day will remain unchanged.
The council is moving its transfer station activity to a new, purpose-built facility in Great Dunmow from Tuesday, 1 December – this is where bin crews take recycling, food waste and black bin waste before it is sent on for re-processing.
As a result of the move, rounds are likely to be altered. This means some residents will have their bins emptied earlier in the day than they do at present, and some residents will find their bins emptied later in the day.
All residents are reminded that bins must be left at the boundary of their property by no later than 7am on the day of collection. Failure to do so could result in their bins being missed.
This does not impact on the green waste subscription service.