Section 106 outstanding issues re provision of allotments at the Folly Grove site in Hockley

HUGE THANKS again to Cllr Adrian Eves' post in the Hockley Allotment Society's Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/hockley.allotment.society/

'The last post I put here was to report positive direction on the  provision of allotments for Hockley. Regrettably that no longer appears  to be the case.

I've been regularly visiting the building site to try to get the definitive plan for the allotments firmed up.  Unfortunately it appears that the management at Persimmon Homes have conveniently forgotten about the planning condition requiring them to construct the allotments and have reacted with surprise when reminded over the issue, trying to give the impression they never knew about it!

On top of that, a conversation with the clerk of Hockley Parish Council indicated that Hockley Parish Council are not keen to promote the provision of the allotments to their residents on the grounds that it is a provision that only serves the few.

I have asked the Planning Department at Rochford District Council for an update on the position. I will report back once I have a reply.

If you are minded, you might want to write to Hockley Parish Council, Persimmon and Rochford District Council's Planning Department to express your concern that the  developer appears to be heading towards breaking the planning condition number 43 imposed on the developer as part of their planning approval. 

Their email addresses are:
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Section 106 outstanding issues re provision of allotments at the Folly Grove site in Hockley — 1 Comment

  1. The issue centres around the following:

    There were a number of ‘conditions’ attached to the granting of building permission for the site known as Pond Chase Nursery, Pond Chase, Hockley. The conditions have legal standing within the granting of the planning permission. The condition relative to the allotments reads as follows:

    43. Prior to occupation of any of the dwellings hereby approved an allotment space measuring 2520m2 shall be provided in accordance with details which shall have previously been submitted to and agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority in consultation with Hockley Parish Council. Once agreed, the allotment space shall be provided in accordance with such details and be made available for use 12 months after completion of the development and be permanently retained for allotments.
    REASON: To ensure that sufficient allotment space is provided at the site to support the development and to accord with Policy SER3.

    This is taken directly from the relevant planning documents that are on Rochford District Council Planning Department area of the Council’s website. If you want to view the whole relevant document, type in ’15/00599/FUL’ in the planning search bar, on the http://www.rochford.gov.uk website, then click on the file headed ‘Decision’. All the conditions imposed are in that file and are public. You will see from the list that it is in fact pretty impossible for the developers to have ‘missed’ the condition 43 re provision of allotments. So it is either total ineptitude or actively and willfully ignoring of the planning condition requirement by Persimmon’s management.

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