Fairhavens proposal for green belt development

Firstly let me say that the work of Fairhavens and support it gives to those in need is not in question, nor is it questionable that a better premises would greatly improve the facilities.

However, whether or not there should be development in the green belt is questionable. Normally in planning, certain larger developments have to prove that there are no suitable locations closer to the town centre, on brown field sites etc depending on the type of development that is being proposed.

I would therefor like to suggest an alternative location- Fossets Farm, to be precise on the site of the earlier hospital diagnostic centre proposal that had consent. This site is well located, has relatively easy access by car, great views to the North over the Roach Valley and to the south the ancient monument which is in dire need of some loving care and attention could be incorporated into the  ‘grounds’.  The access to and from Southend Hospital is fair , the Wellesley Spire and the St Luke’s extended surgery are nearby.  This is a well connected site that retains rural aspects and peacefulness through careful landscaping could be ensured.

The land is not green belt and had consent for hospital use, public transport has improved greatly over recent years to this area and could be further enhanced if demand was there.

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2 responses to “Fairhavens proposal for green belt development

  1. You raise some very interesting points in this blog post, most of which I agree with, however, when Southend United finally (hopefully? Possibly? When Beezelbub needs snowshoes at work…) moves in to their new home at Fossett’s, do you think a residential care home will make for good neighbours? Not only would there be the additional noise and traffic of match days, the proposed build includes shops and ancilliary leisure facilities that are going to see a general rise in traffic (the new flagship M&S store has been mooted, for example). Also, there’s going to be some traffic increase because of the airport development, it’s inevitable that the route through Sutton-in-Shopland is going to be used as a shortcut to the Airport (I use that route now to get to Rochford, and it’s going to be the closest for the new station car park).

    I agree that green belt building should be kept to a minimum, and the council is right to suggest other sites they may feel are suitable in the district, but if there really is nothing else I feel that permission should be given. Fair Havens has done so much for the residents of Southend and the surrounding area, allowing them to carry on giving the very best palliative care to those with terminal conditions in the best surroundings is the right thing to do. Ask yourself when you consider any site – “Is this the place where /I/ would want to spend my last days?”

    • Hi
      Yes I did consider the noise issue as when and if and yes hopefully too, Southend United ever get to Fossets. The retail element which could include a store like M&S is located adjacent to the Waitrose car park and just off Eastern Avenue so I do not think that would present a noise issue. However, I have seen and experienced in Germany acoustic glazing (that is also sustainable and heat retentive and reflective) that given this is a new build would prevent any noise nuisance including any road noise. Yes the roads will get busier but they have more capacity than the A13 or the Leigh Roads in the vicinity of Belton Way.
      I do think that the site at Fossetts with careful attention to design and landscaping could be made into a very attractive location, with both inward and outward views.
      If there really is nothing else -I think I would agree but I would want to know that each alternative has been really looked into and not just dismissed so as to suit the choice of Belton Cliffs

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